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  • Why do we forget things? 6 December 2021 We’ve all had those moments where we can’t quite remember something. Maybe you’ve misplaced your keys, can’t remember someone’s name or just completely forgotten what it was that you were supposed to be doing. A lapse in memory is a common thing, but why does it happen? BBC Bitesize explores how our memories work and why we forget things.
  • People want a better world after the COVID-19 pandemic but don’t believe it will really happen 29 November 2021 People strongly favour a fairer and more sustainable way of life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite not thinking it will actually materialise or that others share the same progressive wishes, according to new research which sheds intriguing light on what people have missed most and want for the future.
  • University spin-out Ultraleap raises £60 million in latest funding round 25 November 2021 A University of Bristol spin-out company which develops sci-fi-worthy touchless tech has raised £60 million in its latest funding round.
  • Scientists capture humour’s earliest emergence 22 November 2021 Young children's ability to laugh and make jokes has been mapped by age for the first time using data from a new study involving nearly 700 children from birth to four years of age, from around the world. The findings, led by University of Bristol researchers and published in Behavior Research Methods, identifies the earliest age humour emerges and how it typically builds in the first years of life.
  • Common blood pressure drug does not slow down the progression of more advanced Alzheimer’s 15 November 2021 New research led by the University of Bristol, has shown the drug losartan, normally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), is not effective in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with mild-to-moderate disease after 12 months of treatment. However, the drug could still be of benefit if prescribed for longer and if given to people with very early disease. The findings are from the phase 2 multi-centre clinical trial known as RADAR ((Reducing pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease through Angiotensin taRgeting).
  • Baby teeth may one day help identify kids at risk for mental disorders later in life 10 November 2021 Like the rings of a tree, teeth contain growth lines that may reveal clues about childhood experiences. The thickness of growth marks in primary (or “baby”) teeth may help identify children at risk for depression and other mental health disorders later in life, according to a ground-breaking investigation led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) using data from a world-renowned health study in Bristol.
  • New project explores impact of school discipline on pupil wellbeing 3 November 2021 A new NIHR ARC West project has kicked off, working with young people to understand the mental health and wellbeing impacts of school discipline on pupils. The project will use creative methods to understand pupils’ experience of school discipline and how they think poor behaviour could better be addressed in schools.
  • Mongooses give bullies the cold shoulder, scientists find 2 November 2021 Dwarf mongooses remember which groupmates have picked fights with others during the day and later shun the aggressors during pre-bedtime socialising sessions, according to new research.
  • Researchers shed light on blind spot of shark attacks 1 November 2021 Scientists have found more evidence to support the 'mistaken identity theory’ in juvenile white sharks during surface attacks on humans.
  • Giant pandas’ distinctive black and white markings provide effective camouflage 29 October 2021 The high-contrast pattern of giant pandas helps them blend in with their natural environment.

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