No core found in volcanoes14 January 2004A hot debate in the earth sciences is finally resolved in this week's issue of Nature. Researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences at Bristol University show that large volcanoes do not contain material from the Earth's core.
Fossilised embryos - 500 million years old14 January 2004Evidence from fossilised embryos of worm-like creatures that lived 500 million years ago shows that embryos developed then in much the same way as their living relatives do today. The implications are that embryological processes that occur today must have been established very early on in the evolution of animals.
RAGs splash of cash15 January 2004Students at Bristol University have been raising money to put back into their local community as a result of successful fundraising events such as Jailbreak, RAG Week and the Annual Procession.
New series of University tours for spring19 January 2004Brideshead in Bristol, documents about Bristol's links with the West Indies, and laboratories dating from the 1920s are just some of the sights in store this Spring as part of a new series of Bristol University tours.
Rats may be pessimistic too22 January 2004Rats housed in unpredictable conditions appear to have a more negative outlook than those housed in stable, settled conditions, according to new research published in Nature.
From atoms to stars22 January 2004Next week sees the second of four free lunchtime public lectures at which Bristol University scientists outline their current understanding of the nature of the universe.
The Vice-Chancellor has given his initial reaction to the vote on the second reading of the Higher Education Bill.
Spotlight on the Newport Ship4 February 2004The Newport Ship, a medieval sailing vessel discovered on the banks of the River Usk in 2002, will be the subject of a public lecture at Bristol University on Monday 9 February.
Landslide 'show home' for St Lucia29 January 2004A community on the Caribbean island of St Lucia is to receive practical, hands-on help from experts at Bristol University on how best to tackle the landslides that affect an area of shanty housing.
Free public lectures over lunch2 February 2004Body language and mind reading, causes and prevention of cancer and human evolution are just some of the themes of a series of free public lectures starting this week by Bristol University academics.
The eye of the beholder3 February 2004When Nature Neuroscience decided their front cover would feature eye movement research, they approached Bristol neuroscientist Iain Gilchrist to provide an appropriate image.
Volunteer Recruitment Fair4 February 2004The Volunteer Recruitment Fair is not taking place today, Wednesday 4 February, as publicised in the Bristol Observer last month.
Coeliac disease - the tip of the iceberg6 February 2004The full extent of a hidden condition which goes largely undetected among British children - and unnoticed until adulthood - has been identified by doctors in Bristol.
Glitter dinner dance5 February 2004A Bristol University medical student, Jo Kyte, has organised a dinner dance to promote awareness and raise money for organisations that provide international humanitarian aid.
Double whammy for Bristol8 March 2004Professor Sir John Beringer, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Kathy Sykes, Professor of Public Engagement in Science and Engineering, have been invited by the Prime Minister to become members of the Council for Science and Technology
Predicting the spread of skin cancer11 February 2004A new way of predicting whether skin cancers will spread to other organs is published in the British Journal of Cancer. By measuring the density of lymph vessels surrounding a melanoma, scientists at Bristol University working with doctors at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, have been able to predict which tumours will spread.
BA awards lectures11 February 2004Two of the prestigious British Association Award Lectures will be given by Bristol University staff this year.
SCA week12 February 2004This year's Student Community Action (SCA) Week will take place between Saturday 14 and 21 February.
Bristol universities get together for rugby showdown12 February 2004One of the biggest fixtures in Bristol University's and the University of the West of England's sporting calendar, the Rugby Varsity match, takes place at the Memorial Stadium next Wednesday, February 18.
Dance the night away with SCA12 February 2004Over 100 Bristol senior citizens will be putting on their dancing shoes for Bristol University's Student Community Action (SCA) Annual Dinner Dance next Wednesday, February 18.
Bubbles and Squeak for best dental student16 February 2004Bristol dental student, Karen Tse, won this year's Steradent Bubbles and Squeaky Clean competition. The prize is a box of champagne (Bubbles) and a flat/house cleaner for a term (Squeaky Clean).
Stressed at work? Taking a coffee break might make things worse16 February 2004Men who work alone may increase their stress levels by taking a coffee break in the belief that it will help them perform faster. On the other hand, men who work in teams could feel less stressed after enjoying a sharp intake of caffeine, but this may make them less effective. Caffeine tended to reduce ratings of stress in women.
New grant to develop stem cell therapies for people with MS16 February 2004A £250,000 grant for the development of stem cell treatments to repair damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) has been awarded to Neil Scolding, Burden Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at Bristol University, by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Poetic history17 February 2004An unusual collaboration between Gareth Calway, the 'poet laureate' of Bristol City F. C. and Dr Evan Jones, a Bristol University lecturer, has led to the writing of 'The merchant of Bristol'.
New patron for Bristol Neuroscience25 February 2004Lord Sainsbury has become the new patron of Bristol Neuroscience, a University of Bristol initiative to promote both research and clinical practice in the field of neuroscience.