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  • Inspired from nature – robots can now learn to swarm on the go 18 September 2019 A new generation of swarming robots which can independently learn and evolve new behaviours in the wild is one step closer, thanks to research from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).
  • Bristol immersive VR documentary to be shown at Venice Film Festival 13 September 2019 From Bristol to the big screens of Venice Film Festival, Virtual Reality film The Waiting Room, [commissioned by the Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters research project] will be premiered at the annual event which starts today [28 August to 7 September] to a star-studded audience of cinema enthusiasts.
  • £1.8 million for trial to evaluate treatment for chronic severe low back pain 12 September 2019 Researchers at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with North Bristol NHS Trust, the Universities of Keele and Southampton have been awarded £1.8 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to evaluate a treatment for chronic severe low back pain. Led by Dr Vikki Wylde, the RADICAL study will be a randomised controlled trial to find out if radiofrequency denervation, a procedure commonly used in the NHS, can provide pain relief.
  • AI art: has science unravelled how we see and appreciate art? 11 September 2019 Art, it's in the eye of the beholder but has science found a way to identify what we really appreciate in paintings? The artistic tastes of individuals may have been finally unravelled thanks to University of Bristol researchers, artificial intelligence (AI) and eye-tracking technology.
  • An optimistic outlook 'means you live longer' 10 September 2019 Optimists are more likely to live longer than those who have a more negative approach to life, a US study has found.
  • Loneliness competition winners announced 6 September 2019 The Jean Golding Institute are pleased to announce that the winners of the latest data challenge competition are Nina Di Cara from Population Health Sciences and Tiff Massey, Analyst from Ernst and Young with their project ‘Is loneliness associated with movement for education?’. The specific research question assumes that in most cases, movement for primary and secondary education is associated with upward social mobility. That is, moving to try to get into a better school than is available in their current local area.
  • Life-like robots soon to be reality 22 August 2019 Life-like robots that can make decisions, adapt to their environment and learn, are one step closer thanks to a University of Bristol team who has demonstrated a new way of embedding computation into soft robotic materials. This new advance, published in Science Robotics, could create new robotic possibilities to environmental monitoring, pollution clean-up, drug delivery, prosthetic devices, wearable biosensing and self-healing composites.
  • International collaborative projects win funding to tackle major health challenges 21 August 2019 Developing drugs to treat cancer and how sleep can support a healthy memory are two international collaborative projects led by academics at the University of Bristol that have been awarded major funding by the UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration.
  • Liz Humm wins the BPS Undergraduate Cognitive prize 21 August 2019 Recent graduate Liz Humm has won the prize for the British Psychological Society's Undergraduate Project prize for cognitive psychology
  • Over a quarter of those engaging with esports betting tweets in the UK are children 20 August 2019 Over a quarter of those engaging with esports betting tweets are children under the age of 16, according to a new report which suggests esports gambling may be as attractive to children as the computer games themselves.

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