Nanocrystalline graphite enables new class of harsh environment electronics20 March 2018Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton, in collaboration with Microsemi, have demonstrated reliable operation of microelectromechanical relays by coating the contacts with nanocrystalline layers of graphite, to enable ultra-low-power electronics for harsh environments.
Bristol wins global Smart City Award8 March 2018Bristol beat off stiff competition from Barcelona, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Yinchuan to win the Smart City Award (Judges' Choice) at the GSMA's 2018 Global Mobile Awards (The GLOMOs). The award provides global recognition on how Bristol has raised the bar on defining the 'smart city' of the future.
Food industry specialists come together for animal health and welfare event7 March 2018Progressing animal welfare will be the focus of an Animal Health and Welfare Day jointly hosted by the University of Bristol Veterinary School and continental meat supplier Winterbotham Darby tomorrow [Thursday 8 March]. This annual event, now in its third year, will bring together academics, researchers, NGOs, major retailers, journalists and industry partners across the food sector.
Bristol and Watershed to host UK's first public trials on new 5G testbed28 February 2018The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab; Watershed, the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West, and We The Curious, the Bristol-based science centre, will host the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase next month [17 and 18 March]. The event will launch the world's first public 5G testbed to explore the next generation of wireless and wired connectivity through a series of free experimental public events.
Stephen Fry backs Bristol student’s appeal to save fruit bats7 February 2018Broadcaster and author Stephen Fry has generously given his support to help pay for vital research by a University of Bristol PhD student to safeguard the future of Livingstone’s fruit bats that have been deprived of their natural habitat due to land use change for agriculture.
Ray-finned fishes: natural born survivors5 February 2018Scientists from the University of Bristol have revealed that ray-finned fishes are perhaps one of Earth’s most resilient groups of animals, having survived four mass extinction events that wiped out many other groups
Excess winter deaths: routine data won’t help GPs identify patients who are most at risk30 January 2018Global changes to the earth’s climate will lead to higher average temperatures, but some forecasts suggest milder winters in future decades, so that the annual toll of excess winter deaths will decline. Yet several Mediterranean countries experience even worse winter mortality than the UK, suggesting that our winter problems will not quickly go away. In addition, global changes may actually lead to more extreme cold as well as extreme heat in the UK and abroad.
Whilst much work has gone into assessing the impacts of extreme heat, Cabot Institute member Professor Richard Morris and colleagues at the University of Bristol are also concerned with the continuing impact of colder winters on the health of the population. They ask the question – if we know winters could be colder, can we identify who might be most vulnerable?
Alaska earthquake30 January 2018Cabot Institute member Mike Kendall comments in the Express.
Scientists grapple with worms to improve co-existence with wildlife in Africa29 January 2018Farming at the border of National Parks in Africa can lead to conflict with wildlife, due to the belief that wild animals bring disease, prey upon livestock, and damage crops. In an unexpected twist, research conducted by the University of Bristol and Queen’s University Belfast with the charity ‘Elephants for Africa’ and the University of Pretoria has found that grazing livestock with wildlife may benefit farmers by reducing parasitic disease.
Environmental engineering innovations to blow your mind in 201815 January 2018Bristol has a proud history of engineering innovations, from Brunel’s iconic suspension bridge to the technology behind mobile phones in the 70s. 2018 is the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
Cabot Institute members join new team for NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme11 January 2018The NERC Changing Arctic Ocean (CAO) programme has launched a new website to showcase its work and to increase international collaboration and engagement with stakeholders and the public. The 5-year programme (2017-2022) is funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to investigate the effects of climate change on the marine biology, ecosystems and biogeochemistry of the Arctic Ocean.
Bees use invisible heat patterns to choose flowers 13 December 2017A new study, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, has found that a wide range of flowers produce not just signals that we can see and smell, but also ones that are invisible such as heat.