What are your life chances?20 February 2017Life Chances reveals some of the struggles families are facing in austerity Britain. The new novel, which uses fictional characters based on the experiences of real people who are recent migrants or living on the breadline in inner city Britain, is published today [20 Feb].
New guidance on hand-rearing decisions for endangered penguin chicks 17 February 2017The first model of its kind which provides guidance on the survival likelihood of abandoned penguin chicks admitted to rehabilitation has been developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and Bristol Zoological Society.
New discovery could be a major advance for understanding neurological diseases13 February 2017The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy and dementia. The breakthrough, published in Nature Neuroscience, was made by scientists at the University of Bristol and the University of Central Lancashire. The findings will have far-reaching implications in many aspects of neuroscience and understanding how the brain works.
How Bristol research saved 20,000 babies' lives10 February 2017Twenty five years ago, University of Bristol Professor, Peter Fleming, pioneered research which showed lives could be saved if babies were placed on their backs - and not their fronts- to sleep. His ground-breaking research informed the high profile Back-to-Sleep campaign in the early 90s. It is estimated his research has saved the lives of more than 20,000 babies in the UK alone and has changed official advice about safer sleeping for babies the world over.
Quipu — calls for justice10 February 2017'Esperanza and Teodula were sterilised without consent more than 18 years ago. They are still searching for justice in Quipu, Peru.’
Dr Jim Caunt, 1976-201710 February 2017Dr Christopher James (Jim) Caunt, a Bristol graduate and former Research Associate at the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology, passed away in January. Professor Craig McArdle and Dr Gavin Welsh offer a remembrance.
Colin Hawkins, 1957-201610 February 2017Colin Hawkins, former Superintendent of the Physiology department, died on 13 December 2016. His colleague Debbie Martin offers a tribute.
How languages shape economics9 February 2017Half of the world’s population is bilingual or multilingual, with over 6,000 different languages spoken in the world today. But language is much more than just communication. As well as expressing cultural identity, language also enables trade and trade shapes language.
Bacterium lassoes its way from the mouth to the heart to cause disease7 February 2017The human mouth can harbour more than 700 different species of bacteria. Under normal circumstances these microbes co-exist with us as part of our resident oral microbiota. But when bacteria spread to other tissues via the blood stream, the results can be catastrophic.
Spiny, armoured slug reveals ancestry of molluscs 6 February 2017Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered a 480-million-year-old slug-like fossil in Morocco which sheds new light on the evolution of molluscs – a diverse group of invertebrates that includes clams, snails and squids.
Research review shows that safety is valued too low3 February 2017New research has shown that the benchmark used by the Office for Nuclear Regulation for judging how much should be spent on nuclear safety has no basis in evidence and places insufficient value on human life. The review suggests it may need to be ten times higher - between £16 million and £22 million per life saved.
Calling all guinea pig owners1 February 2017Academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for guinea pig owners to take part in a new research study on how pet guinea pigs are kept in the UK by completing an online questionnaire.
Discover LGBT History this month1 February 2017The University and Bristol Students’ Union are marking LGBT History Month with a range of events, including a panel discussion, a film screening and the launch of a new set of classroom resources developed by Bristol researchers.
Bristol academic explores the secret lives of five-year-olds 1 February 2017Professor Paul Howard-Jones from the University of Bristol will feature in the return of a popular Bafta award-nominated series broadcast this week [2 Feb] which explores the differences between boys and girls in a new intake of fascinating five-year-olds.
Celebrating our stars27 January 2017The winners of the Professional Services Excellence Awards have been announced.
Bristol welcomes the Year of the Rooster
27 January 2017Students and staff from the University will help visitors at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery celebrate Chinese New Year in traditional style, with lion dance performances, martial arts, storytelling, family trails, arts and craft activities, live music and much more on Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 February].