The houseplant with a blueprint for improving energy harvesting24 October 2016For many people, nanotechnology belongs in the realm of science fiction. Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Essex have solved the mystery of the blue sheen on the leaves of some begonias and have found that their chloroplasts have evolved a nanoscale light-trapping structure to help them survive in the darkness of the forest floor.
Small droplets feel the vibe6 October 2016A team of researchers at the University of Bristol have used ultrasonic forces to accurately pattern thousands of microscopic water-based droplets. Each droplet can be designed to perform a biochemical experiment, which could pave the way for highly efficient lab-on-a-chip devices with future applications in drug discovery and clinical diagnostics.
Protocells on the hunt3 October 2016Researchers at the University of Bristol have designed a synthetic community of artificial cells that collectively displays a simple form of predatory behaviour.
Hypertension: releasing the pressure at its source5 September 2016Researchers at the University of Bristol and Afferent Pharmaceuticals have identified a potential new way of treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, by targeting aberrant nerve signals in the carotid bodies, which sit on the common carotid arteries on each side of the neck.
Unravelling the biology of parkinsonism19 August 2016Scientists have taken another step towards understanding the causes of parkinsonism by identifying what's happening at a cellular level to potentially help develop future treatments.
New state-of-the-art microscopy facilities opened21 July 2016A new purpose-built microscopy suite to accommodate expansion of the University of Bristol Wolfson Bioimaging Facility was officially opened by Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation on 8 July.
New innovations to combat resistant infections12 May 2016Two scientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded prestigious research grants to develop novel technologies that will help fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Expanded support for microscopy image analysis8 February 2016The level of support for researchers who want to optimise quantitative microscopy studies has been increased substantially with the addition of Dr Stephen Cross to the Wolfson Bioimaging support team. Stephen’s appointment has been funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, through its Wellcome Trust ISSF Award with additional support from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.