House-hunting honey bees shed light on how human brains come to a decision14 December 2011Avoiding deadlock in group decision making is a common problem for committees – but house-hunting honey bees may hold the answer, according to new research from Cornell University, the University of Cailfornia-Riverside, the University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol. The study, published today in Science Express, also reveals a striking similarity between how honey bee swarms and our own brains choose between alternatives.
Bristol Plant Sciences supreme13 December 2011Dr. Heather Whitney has been awarded the 2012 President's Medal in Plant Sciences of the Society for Experimental Biology, for her ground-breaking research on plant iridescence.
'Big Ideas in Science'14 November 2011The Faculty of Science has begun running a ‘Big Ideas in Science’ 20 credit point unit in 2011/12, providing a broad introduction to some of the fundamental ideas in science.
Best of Bristol Lectures11 November 2011The Best of Bristol Lectures (BoB Lectures for short) are a series of exciting and inspirational free talks to showcase some of Bristol University's best lecturers to its own students. BoB lectures were founded by and are run entirely by students (and recent graduates) as a not-for-profit social enterprise. The award winning first BoB lecture series happened last academic year and over 2,000 students attended the lectures.
'Decision-making Research' Seminar Series Announced21 October 2011The “decision-making in an uncertain world" project was launched at the beginning of October, and has very recently started its seminar series. The project will be hosting informal weekly talks on decision-making (whether theoretical or empirical, whether in the lab or in the real world, whether human or animal) on Thursdays at lunch time (1 pm) in the Experimental Psychology Common Room.
Bristol Physics student shortlisted for SET award21 October 2011The Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards, a prestigious event supported by industry and institutions, recognises the achievements of some of the brightest undergraduates in Europe.
Scientists develop new technologies for understanding bacterial infections6 September 2011Understanding how bacteria infect cells is crucial to preventing countless human diseases. In a recent breakthrough, scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered a new approach for studying molecules within their natural environment, opening the door to understanding the complexity of how bacteria infect people.
Young researcher wins Women in Science award14 July 2011Dr Heather Whitney, European Research Council Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, is one of four winners in this year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science. The Fellowships celebrate the achievement of exceptional female scientists in the UK and Ireland.
Can you hear the shape of a graph?5 July 2011What can you deduce about an object just by listening to the sounds it produces? Visitors to this year’s Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition will be given the opportunity to find out for themselves thanks to researchers from the University of Bristol.
Studying Solar Wind27 June 2011An international team of scientists, including Dr Chris Coath from the University of Bristol, have measured oxygen isotopes in solar wind, captured by NASA’s Genesis mission, to infer the isotopic composition of the Sun, and by inference the solar system as a whole. Their results are published today in Science.
Adjustable valves gave ancient plants the edge13 June 2011Controlling water loss is an important ability for modern land plants as it helps them thrive in changing environments. New research from the University of Bristol, published today in the journal Current Biology, shows that water conserving innovations occurred very early in plants’ evolutionary history.
Invasive night geckos outcompete local day geckos13 June 2011The nocturnal house gecko is an aggressive island invader with a bad reputation when it comes to interaction with the locals. House geckos have already contributed to the demise of many similar species active during the night.
Ocean acidification leaves clownfish deaf to predators1 June 2011Baby clownfish use hearing to detect and avoid predator-rich coral reefs during the daytime, but new research from the University of Bristol demonstrates that ocean acidification could threaten this crucial behaviour within the next few decades.
Three awards for Professor Evans31 May 2011A special issue of the journal Molecular Physics, in honour of Professor Bob Evans and celebrating Bob's 65th birthday, was published in May 2011. The issue contains 33 invited articles from collaborators, friends and admirers.
2011 Bell Prize awarded to Professor Sandu Popescu24 May 2011The University of Toronto has selected quantum physicist Professor Sandu Popescu to receive the prestigious John Stewart Bell Prize for his enormous contributions to the field of quantum mechanics.
New Fellows of The Royal Society20 May 2011Two University of Bristol academics have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world's most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.