• Why some parents think your partner isn’t good enough 18 September 2013 It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation for why some parents try to control who their children pair up with.
  • Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries 17 September 2013 Researchers are suggesting that the 2008 global economic crisis could be to blame for the increase in suicide rates in European and American countries, particularly among males and in countries with higher levels of job losses. The findings, led by researchers at the universities of Bristol, Oxford and Hong Kong, are published today on bmj.com.
  • Prestigious scholarship sees historian Emily head for New York 17 September 2013 A PhD student from the University of Bristol has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to study in New York, where she will look at how history can inform present day debates about humanitarian policy.
  • Faculty Research Directors: new appointments 17 September 2013 A number of new appointments have been made to the role of Faculty Research Director at the University.
  • Bristol Nanomaterials Centre goes to China 16 September 2013 Staff and PhD students from the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials have been visiting their counterparts in China.
  • Seven world-firsts for intrepid climbing team 16 September 2013 A team of climbers from the University of Bristol have successfully achieved seven world-firsts, summiting seven previously unclimbed peaks in the remote and unknown mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The steep challenge lasted for 18 days in the Djangart mountain range – on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China – with a range of challenging weather conditions and unknown terrain.
  • Quantum: It’s the future 16 September 2013 The ability to design and create new materials and pharmaceuticals at a fraction of today’s costs is just one of the possibilities that were described by Professor Jeremy O’Brien at the World Economic Forum meeting of the New Champions 2013 held in Dalian, China.
  • £1.2 million for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome research 16 September 2013 Two new research projects that aim to advance treatment for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [CFS] or Myalgic Encephalopathy [ME], which affects an estimated 600,000 adults and children in the UK, have been awarded funding totalling nearly £1.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR].
  • Achilles’ heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal 15 September 2013 New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in some areas.
  • Functioning ‘mechanical gears’ seen in nature for the first time 12 September 2013 Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect - showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. The juvenile Issus - a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.
  • A microbe’s trick for staying young 12 September 2013 While aging remains an inevitable fact of life, an international team involving researchers from the University of Bristol and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany has found that this is not the case for a common species of yeast microbe which has evolved to stay young.
  • University opens its doors for city-wide event 11 September 2013 Ever wondered what the city of Bristol looks like from the top of its highest landmark? The unrivalled view from the top of the Wills Memorial Building tower is just one of the unique sights which visitors are invited to experience as part of the University of Bristol’s contribution to the popular Doors Open Day event this weekend.
  • Jurassic jaws: how ancient crocodiles flourished during the age of the dinosaurs 11 September 2013 New research has revealed the hidden past of crocodiles, showing for the first time how these fierce reptiles evolved and survived in a dinosaur dominated world.
  • City welcomes 16,500 visitors for university open day 10 September 2013 Visitor numbers will peak in Bristol this weekend as 16,500 people flock to the city for the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open day on Saturday [14 September]. A wide variety of talks and displays will give visitors a taste of university life and the chance to see for themselves all that the University and city have to offer without having to miss a day of school, college or work.
  • New £2 million Vet School dairy farm to be opened by BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson 10 September 2013 A new £2 million state-of-the-art dairy farm at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences at Langford will be officially opened by farmer and BBC One Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson, tomorrow, Wednesday 11 September.
  • £2million funding for Bristol-based WiFi company 10 September 2013 The University of Bristol’s SETsquared incubator has announced the first of its Enterprise Zone companies to successfully close a multi-million dollar funding round. Blu Wireless Technology has raised $3.1million (£2million) through angel investors and funding acceleration groups.
  • Breakthrough in cryptography could result in more secure computing 9 September 2013 A PhD student from the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science will present a paper at the 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2013) this week that could result in a sea change in how to secure computations.
  • Derek Parsons, 1933-2013 9 September 2013 Derek Parsons, retired Lecturer and Departmental Administrator in Physics, died suddenly on 22 August. Professor Robert Evans offers an appreciation.
  • Archaeology meets art in Anglesey 9 September 2013 A University of Bristol and Welsh Rock Art Organisation (WRAO) art/archaeology project inspired by Neolithic rock engravings in North Wales has received funding under the European GestArt Project (GESTART - Artistic Gestures revisiting European Artistic Diversity and Convergence).
  • Quantum in the Cloud 6 September 2013 Thought only Google and Nasa had quantum computers? A first-of-its-kind project unveiled today, will allow you free, global access to a miniature quantum processor chip via the internet.
  • Stay healthy during pregnancy to keep lead levels low 6 September 2013 New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol shows that mothers who drank alcohol and coffee, smoked and had a coal fire in their home during pregnancy were likely to have higher levels of lead in their blood than women who didn’t. Dietary calcium and iron seemed to have a protective effect.
  • University spinout announces positive results from peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 5 September 2013 A University of Bristol spinout company that focuses on treating the underlying cause of autoimmune diseases has announced positive results from its peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
  • Building the Bristol Dinosaur 5 September 2013 Bristol's very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus will be brought to life on the city's Harbourside this autumn when local artist Robert Nicholls and Pedro Viegas from the University of Bristol build a full-size replica of the beast, based on the very latest scientific discoveries about how it would have looked when it roamed around Bristol 210 million years ago.
  • Robert Golding, 1953-2013 5 September 2013 Bob Golding, a cleaner in the Richmond Building, has died. Liz Lynch, Site Services Manager, offers a tribute.
  • Engineering's first year internship success 4 September 2013 The first group of first year students to undertake an internship as part of a new scheme launched by the Faculty of Engineering Industrial Liaison Office have recently completed their summer work experience placements in engineering and technology companies.
  • UK’s leading dementia research charity invites you to meet the scientists 4 September 2013 Dr Liz Coulthard, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Dementia Neurology at the University of Bristol, is one of five scientists who will talk at a free public event tomorrow [Thursday 5 September] about latest research and current treatments for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Bristol academic awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship 4 September 2013 Dr Oliver Payton, Research Assistant in the Interface Analysis Centre, has been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Bristol hosts third annual UKESF skills workshop to tackle graduate skills shortages 4 September 2013 The University of Bristol's Faculty of Engineering is hosting the third annual UKESF skills workshop [2-6 September], which was established to tackle graduate skills shortages.
  • What can the past tell us about future climate change? Scientists gather in Bristol to discuss Pliocene climate 4 September 2013 Climate scientists from all over the world will be gathering at the University of Bristol next week [Monday 9-Tuesday 10 September] to discuss progress in understanding the Pliocene Epoch and its implications for future climate change.
  • Violent crime is having direct impact on the amount people are walking 4 September 2013 Violent crime in England is having a direct impact on the amount people are walking. These are the findings of a new study, led jointly by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Imperial College Business School and Monash, that examined the effects of violent crime on the physical activities of nearly a million adults.
  • Size really does not matter when it comes to high blood pressure 3 September 2013 Removing one of the tiniest organs in the body has shown to provide effective treatment for high blood pressure. The discovery, made by University of Bristol researchers and published in Nature Communications, could revolutionise treatment of the world’s biggest silent killer.
  • Professor Julian Hamilton Shield to feature on ITV programme about the UK's unhealthy generation 3 September 2013 Julian Hamilton Shield, Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology in the School of Clinical Sciences, will feature on ITV Tonight as part of a programme on childhood obesity.
  • £283, 853 for study into marriage-related migration 2 September 2013 Researchers from the University’s School of Sociological, Political and International Studies (SPAIS) have been awarded £283, 853 to carry out a 26-month project looking at marriage-related migration.
  • Bristol business secures investment from global media company 2 September 2013 A Bristol-based business which provides social media analysis for television companies has received a huge vote of confidence after attracting investment from a global media company.
  • What’s buzzing at the Botanic Garden? 2 September 2013 A Bee and Pollination Festival this weekend [Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September] at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden aims to highlight the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production.
  • How Emperor Penguins stay underwater for 27 minutes 2 September 2013 New research has revealed how the Emperor Penguin is able to dive to depths of over 500m and stay under water for up to 27 minutes – deeper and longer than any of its fellow avian species.
  • Robotic food helps scientists understand predators 30 August 2013 Dr Christos Ioannou at the University of Bristol has been awarded a five year research fellowship by NERC for the study of predator-prey relationships, using robotic prey to lure predatory fish.
  • Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet 29 August 2013 A previously unknown canyon hidden beneath two kilometres of ice covering Greenland has been discovered by a group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol.
  • Professor Wall wins international prize in veterinary parasitology 29 August 2013 Professor Richard Wall from the School of Biological Sciences has been awarded the 2013 WAAVP/Bayer Prize for excellence in research in veterinary parasitology.
  • Hidden life of Great George revealed 29 August 2013 Great George, the University of Bristol’s nine-and-a-half-ton bell, will be revealing more about its hidden life in the tower of the Wills Memorial Building as it becomes the latest addition to the city’s Hello Lamp Post! project.
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