From simple beginnings: Spinal nerve connections develop using simple rules9 January 2014Repairing spinal injuries with stem cells may be a step closer thanks to scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth. A new study, published today in the Journal of Neuroscience, employed novel techniques to show that spinal nerve cell networks may develop using much simpler rules than expected.
Sex matters for microbes6 January 2014Caught in the act! Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness. This tropical disease is caused by trypanosomes, single-celled parasites that are found in the blood of those afflicted.
Accelerating world-class natural science research20 December 2013Awards totalling £60,000 have been made in the Schools of Geographical and Earth Sciences to accelerate the impact of research. These grants were funded through the University’s NERC-funded Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).
Researcher named as a Business Leader of Tomorrow16 December 2013Dr Orla Kelly, a Design Engineer at East Sussex-based company Photek, has won a prestigious award at this year's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awards for her work designing novel ion optics for velocity map imaging (VMI) spectrometers used in physical chemistry and laser physics experiments.
Life-size model of the Bristol Dinosaur unveiled13 December 2013A full-size replica of Bristol's very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus was unveiled at the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building today [Friday 13 December] where it will go on permanent display to the public.
Lack of monitoring impairs bat conservation research13 December 2013Millions of pounds are being spent to protect bats from disturbance by building development and renovations, however a lack of follow-up monitoring makes it difficult to tell whether conservation efforts are effective.
Hidden wildlife uncovered in the heart of Bristol6 December 2013Ever considered bird watching in the centre of Bristol? Or wondered which animals make their home in the city? A final year University of Bristol student has created a short film which shows the types of wildlife that can be found in British cities.
Student's glacier image shortlisted for NERC prize4 December 2013A striking image of the sun over a glacier in South-west Greenland by Jon Hawkings, a PhD Student in the School of Geographical Sciences, was shortlisted for the inaugural Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Student Photography and Short Article Writing Competition.
New light on the functional importance of dinosaur beaks3 December 2013Why beaks evolved in some theropod dinosaurs and what their function might have been is the subject of new research by an international team of palaeontologists published this week in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
From lab bench to Westminster2 December 2013Dr Emma Stone, a Research Associate in the School of Geographical Sciences, will visit civil servant Alan Pitt, secretary to the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, at the House of Commons for a ‘Week in Westminster’ commencing Monday 2 December as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society.
Antony Dodd wins prestigious international award for research2 December 2013Dr Antony Dodd from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Daiwa Adrian Prize, which is awarded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in recognition of outstanding scientific collaboration between research laboratories in the UK and Japan.
Creating the next generation of scientists26 November 2013David Willetts announces share of £350 million for PhD training The University of Bristol has been successful in receiving funding for seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) following the announcement of the UK’s largest investment in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences.
Ocean acidification 'may increase by 170 per cent' by end of 21st century14 November 2013The acidity of the world’s ocean may increase by around 170 per cent by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses, according to a major new international report. People who rely on the ocean’s ecosystem services – often in developing countries – are especially vulnerable.
Bristol-led research alliance awarded NERC funding8 November 2013The GW4+ alliance, a consortium of excellence in innovative research training led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded funding by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for doctoral training.
Nanoscale ‘tsunami’ helps locusts tune in7 November 2013The remarkable mechanism by which the tiny ears of locusts can hear and distinguish between different tones has been discovered by researchers from the University of Bristol. Understanding how the nanoscale features of the insect eardrum mechanically process sound could open up practical possibilities for the fabrication of embedded signal processing in extremely small microphones.
Art meets science at Brunel's Old Station24 October 2013danceroom Spectroscopy, a remarkable installation that combines molecular physics, cutting edge technology, ambient sounds and performance dance, will be on show in Bristol this weekend [Thursday 24 – Saturday 25 October] before leaving the UK for an international tour.
European funding in the spotlight at GW4 conference21 October 2013Representatives from the European Commission are to speak to leading academics from four of the region’s universities at the GW4 Horizon 2020 conference, being held in Bristol to highlight the research opportunities available under a new €70.2billion programme for research and innovation.
Enzyme catalysis unmasked in new research17 October 2013What makes enzymes such fantastic catalysts? New research from the University of Bristol is significantly advancing our understanding of how these proteins increase the rate of chemical reaction.
Sinking teeth into the evolutionary origin of our skeleton17 October 2013Did our skeletons evolve for protection or for violence? The earliest vestiges of our skeleton are encountered in 500million-year-old fossil fishes, some of which were armour-plated filter feeders, while others were naked predators with a face full of gruesome, vicious teeth.
Bristol dominates STEM Ambassador Awards10 October 2013The University performed strongly in the regional 2013 STEM Ambassador Awards, winning for outreach work by members of the School of Experimental Psychology and the School of Geographical Sciences.
Bristol Nanomaterials Centre goes to China16 September 2013A delegation of academics and PhD students from the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) has been promoting the University and meeting colleagues in top academic and research institutions in China. The aim was to raise the profile of Bristol and pave the way for student exchange, recruitment, and development of joint research projects.
Quantum in the Cloud5 September 2013Thought only Google and Nasa had quantum computers? A first-of-its-kind project, unveiled today, will allow anyone free, global access to a miniature quantum processor chip via the internet.