• University of Bristol Professor leads global charge to protect the incarcerated during COVID-19 pandemic 3 April 2020 A University of Bristol Professor is calling on authorities across the world to take emergency steps to safeguard the health of people deprived of liberty during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
  • Natural light flicker can help prevent detection 2 April 2020 Movement breaks camouflage, making it risky for anything trying to hide. New research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B today [1 April] has shown that dynamic features common in many natural habitats, such as moving light patterns, can reduce being located when moving.
  • Collective Intelligence Grants 2.0 1 April 2020 Nesta UK are supporting 15 new experiments in machine-crowd cooperation to address complex challenges. Find out what they are, and who is behind them.
  • Cooperative male dolphins match the tempo of each other's calls 1 April 2020 When it comes to working together, male dolphins coordinate their behaviour just like us. New findings, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by an international team of researchers from the Universities of Western Australia and Bristol, provide insight into the importance of physical and vocal coordination in alliance forming animals.
  • Five ways to create household harmony during lockdown 30 March 2020 As the nation grapples with public lockdown, the reality of all living under the same roof has taken on a whole new meaning. Cohabiting families, couples, and housemates across the country will be seeing rather more of each other for the foreseeable future, putting those relationships under unprecedented pressure.
  • Suicide and the media: reporting could cost lives 24 March 2020 News coverage of television presenter Caroline Flack’s recent death by suicide raises public health concerns about media reporting of suicide. A new study which analysed the findings of 31 studies investigating associations between media reporting of deaths by suicide and population suicide rates, including those of celebrities, showed suicide rates increased by 13 per cent on average over the 28 days following media reports of a celebrity death by suicide.
  • Keeping bad habits at bay during the coronavirus outbreak 20 March 2020 If your wine rack looks empty, the biscuit barrel bare, you’re binge-watching way too much TV, and you’re dying for a cigarette, chances are you’re not alone.
  • Should we wave goodbye to the handshake? 18 March 2020 "This is what people meant when they said the pandemic will change our culture."
  • Are non-smoking young adults who use e-cigarettes more likely to smoke in the future? 11 March 2020 Young people who have tried e-cigarettes but have never smoked before are nearly five times more likely to go on to try smoking, a new study has found. However, the findings do not provide clear support for the claim that e-cigarettes cause young people to start smoking (the so-called possible "gateway effect").
  • Bristol pioneers use of VR for designing new drugs 11 March 2020 Researchers at the University of Bristol are pioneering the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool to design the next generation of drug treatments.

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