Most distant galaxy ever discovered measured by scientists20 October 2010An international team of astronomers involving the University of Bristol have confirmed that a recently discovered distant galaxy is the most remote object ever observed. It is so far away that light from it has taken 13.1 billion years to reach the Earth.
‘Junk DNA’ uncovers the nature of our ancient ancestors20 October 2010The key to solving one of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology, the origin of vertebrates — animals with an internal skeleton made of bone — has been revealed in new research from Dartmouth College (NH, USA) and the University of Bristol.
Why the leopard got its spots20 October 2010Why do leopards have rosette shaped markings but tigers have stripes? Researchers at the University of Bristol investigated the flank markings of 35 species of wild cats to understand what drives the evolution of such beautiful and intriguing variation.
Old age in medieval poetry19 October 2010The British Academy’s prestigious Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture will take place in Bristol this year. The lecture, on Personifications of old age in medieval poetry, will be given by Professor Ad Putter in the Wills Memorial Building on Thursday 21 October at 4.15pm.
Bristol surgeon wins prestigious award for research paper18 October 2010Pradeep Narayan, Senior Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Bristol Heart Institute and a postgraduate at the University, has become the first UK winner of the Hans G Borst Award for Thoracic Aortic Surgery.
Experts discuss Robin Hood tax at Bristol Festival of Ideas18 October 2010Should there be a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions to raise money to tackle climate change and poverty? That will be the question tackled by a panel of distinguished experts as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas.
Speaking the internet's language18 October 2010What influence is the internet having on language, and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the internet? This and other questions will be addressed by prominent linguist David Crystal in the annual Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) lecture at the University of Bristol this evening.
Colourful lectures for autumn18 October 2010Cézanne, synaesthesia and sensory design are just some of the subjects covered by the Autumn Art Lectures at the University of Bristol which this year take colour as their theme. The series starts on Tuesday 19 October and runs for six consecutive Tuesdays at 6pm in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building.
Physical activity firmly on the agenda for public health15 October 2010Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences Ken Fox has received a Fellowship by Distinction (FFPH) of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. This is the first award of its kind to a specialist in physical activity.
I win, you lose13 October 2010A new study by a team at the University's Graduate School of Education and Department of Computer Science has used brain imaging to reveal how people and animals learn from failure and success.
Are patient surveys a reliable way to assess the performance of doctors and practices?13 October 2010To assess the performance of general practices, it is better to ask patients about their actual experiences of care rather than ask for satisfaction ratings, according to new research from the University of Bristol published on bmj.com today. The findings call into question the reliability of using surveys to evaluate practice performance.
Dogs may be pessimistic too11 October 2010Research by academics at the University of Bristol, and funded by the RSPCA, has gained new insight into the minds of dogs, discovering that those that are anxious when left alone also tend to show ‘pessimistic’ like behaviour.
Commonwealth Bronze for Bristol student8 October 2010Lawrence Clarke, a student from the University of Bristol, has won the Bronze medal in the men’s 110m hurdles in the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
Two AHRC Fellowships awarded to School of Humanities8 October 2010AHRC Fellowships have been awarded to two researchers in the School of Humanities: Dr Nicoletta Momigliano in the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Dr Kirsty Reid in the Department of Historical Studies - History.
University author on shortlist for book prize8 October 2010A gripping account of one of the most exciting success stories in the history of medicine – the eradication of smallpox – has been nominated for the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Angel of Death by Gareth Williams, Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol, is one of six books in contention for the prize which is awarded annually to the finest fiction or non-fiction book centred around medicine.
Bristol scientists make The Times' Top 1007 October 2010Two scientists from the University of Bristol have been named among the 100 most important people in British science and engineering in a list published today. The list was compiled for the first anniversary edition of The Times’ science magazine, Eureka.
Diamonds - clues included7 October 2010A study of Brazilian diamonds by Earth scientists from the University of Bristol has found that tiny inclusions in the diamonds contain traces of oceanic crust and sedimentary rocks, formed originally on the surface of the Earth then transported to depths of more than 300km.
Public lecture: Alan Turing – Computing for Life6 October 2010The personal and intellectual motivations of one of the 21st century’s great mathematical logicians, credited with discovering Artificial Intelligence and posthumously celebrated for his crucial code breaking role in the Second World War, will be explored at a University of Bristol public lecture.
Teenage adventures in orchid conservation6 October 2010The Director of the Writhlington School Orchid Project will give the 2010 Annals of Botany Lecture organised by the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden tomorrow, Thursday 7 October.
Why universities are good for your health6 October 2010From preventing 100,000 cot deaths worldwide to pioneering a new treatment for heart disease, the wide-ranging, global impact of university research s being showcased at an event in Westminster.
Sparking student ideas for business5 October 2010Budding entrepreneurs were given a financial boost in the University of Bristol’s annual Spark start-up course which helps students turn their bright ideas into new business.
Treatments for postnatal depression assessed5 October 2010Giving antidepressants to women with postnatal depression early in the course of the illness is likely to result in the greatest improvement in symptoms, according to new research from the University of Bristol, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment (HIHR HTA) programme.
Bristol engineer receives international ‘Student of the Year’ award4 October 2010A Bristol student has been named as one of the winners of the 2010 Science, Engineering & Technology [SET] Student of the Year awards. An international awards programme, the event provides a showcase for educational excellence by recognising the exceptional achievements of both students and universities.