Livestock can produce food that is better for the people and the planet5 March 2014With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. Eight strategies to cut the environmental and economic costs of keeping livestock, such as cows, goats and sheep, while boosting the quantity and quality of the food produced have been outlined by an international team of scientists.
Scientists sought to help put science in the news25 February 2014The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2014 Media Fellowship scheme, which gives scientists a chance to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
Molecular biology mystery unravelled18 February 2014The nature of the machinery responsible for the entry of proteins into cell membranes has been unravelled by scientists, who hope the breakthrough could ultimately be exploited for the design of new anti-bacterial drugs.
New research sheds light on how the body regulates fundamental neuro-hormone11 February 2014New research has revealed a previously unknown mechanism in the body which regulates a hormone that is crucial for motivation, stress responses and control of blood pressure, pain and appetite. The breakthrough could be used to design drugs to help fight health problems connected with these functions in the future.
£13.6m grant to establish new research centre in synthetic biology30 January 2014A research centre in synthetic biology will be established at the University of Bristol thanks to a £13.6million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Rt Hon David Willetts MP announced today.
Animal welfare researchers in Israel break new ground22 January 2014Animal welfare scientists at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences have been investigating the potential of a novel method of assessing the welfare of dairy cows. The research could provide early indications of health and welfare problems and help in more timely and effective interventions.
Researchers identify innate channel that protects against pain22 January 2014Scientists have identified a channel present in many pain detecting sensory neurons that acts as a ‘brake’, limiting spontaneous pain. It is hoped that the new research, published today [22 January] in The Journal of Neuroscience, will ultimately contribute to new pain relief treatments.