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In a spin: acrobatic feats of praying mantises revealed 5 March 2015 To watch a young, wingless praying mantis jump is a remarkable thing. The jump from take-off to landing lasts less than a tenth of second – faster than the blink of a human eye. During a jump, the insect’s body rotates in mid-air at a rate of about 2.5 times per second and yet, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, when mantises jump, they land on target every time.
  • Researchers report new gene associated with thyroid levels 6 March 2015 Thyroid hormones have important and diverse roles in human health and regulate metabolic rate. Thyroid disease is common (affecting 5-10 per cent of the population) and synthetic thyroid hormones are one of the commonest drug therapies prescribed worldwide. A new study, published in Nature Communications involving University of Bristol academics, reports a new gene called SYN2 associated with thyroid levels.
  • £1.4 million to investigate best practice for improving rights of disabled people 6 March 2015 Disabled people in the UK face a variety of barriers to equality including poverty, poor access to health services, unequal access to the law and poor support services in everyday, family and higher educational settings, as shown by previous research. A new three-year study has been awarded £1.4 million from the ESRC to understand what is needed to tackle these barriers and develop strategies to overcome them.
  • New virtual research centres to break new ground in cystic fibrosis science and care 6 March 2015 The development of new drugs to treat the most common cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic defect (or mutation) carried by around 90 per cent of people living with the disease in the UK, will be helped by the creation of a new virtual Strategic Research Centre (SRC) led by the University of Bristol.
  • In a spin: acrobatic feats of praying mantises revealed 5 March 2015 To watch a young, wingless praying mantis jump is a remarkable thing. The jump from take-off to landing lasts less than a tenth of second – faster than the blink of a human eye. During a jump, the insect’s body rotates in mid-air at a rate of about 2.5 times per second and yet, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, when mantises jump, they land on target every time.
  • Ronald Hutton appointed to English Heritage Trust 5 March 2015 Professor Ronald Hutton in the Department of History has been appointed one of five new Trustees to the English Heritage Trust.
  • Moderate alcohol consumption increases attractiveness 5 March 2015 Consuming alcohol (equivalent to about a glass of wine) can make the drinker appear more attractive than when sober, according to new research from the University of Bristol. However, the effect disappears when more is consumed.
  • Study to use ‘peer power’ to address low physical activity rates in teenage girls 5 March 2015 A new study aiming to tackle low-levels of physical activity among adolescent girls by introducing peer-influences has been awarded £528,000 from the National Institute of Health Research [NIHR]. The project, led by Dr Simon Sebire at the University of Bristol, will assess whether a peer-led intervention could address the steep reduction in teenage girls doing physical activity by the time they start secondary school.
  • Research finds that active travel and street play are the key to increasing children’s physical activity levels 5 March 2015 Increasing the amount of time young people spend outdoors through active travel and street play is the focus of a University of Bristol national conference aiming to promote low-cost ways to improve children’s physical activity levels.
  • Bristol backs new university in Hereford 5 March 2015 The first new ‘greenfield’ university in Britain was launched today with the support of a strong coalition of leading universities – including the University of Bristol – and engineers, businesspeople and politicians. It will open its doors to the first 300 students at its city centre campus in Hereford in September 2017.
  • University tower tours reach £20,000 fundraising milestone 4 March 2015 Tours of one of Bristol’s tallest and most iconic buildings have raised an impressive £20,000 towards caring for sick babies and children in the city.

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