News and features
Bristol announced as UK consortium partner providing essential reagents for SARS-CoV-2 research 12 May 2020 A new COVID-19 Protein Portal providing UK scientists with free access to protein reagents for critical SARS-CoV-2 research is launched today [12 May]. The Portal, in response to a Wellcome and UKRI Open Science initiative, is led by a consortium of leading protein production laboratories including the MultiBac expression facility in the University of Bristol’s School of Biochemistry.
- Astronomers create cloud atlas for hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets 26 May 2020 Giant planets in our solar system and circling other stars have exotic clouds unlike anything on Earth, and the gas giants orbiting close to their stars — so called hot Jupiters — boast the most extreme.
- Bristol key partner in international project to tackle climate change resilience in the Horn of Africa 26 May 2020 An international team of researchers and organisations has been awarded over €6.7M from EU Horizon 2020 to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands (HAD).
- Bristol scientists see through glass frogs’ translucent camouflage 25 May 2020 Glass frogs are well known for their see-through skin but, until now, the reason for this curious feature has received no experimental attention.
- New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases 25 May 2020 Customers panic buying in droves, running out of stock on many basic essentials, and imposing product purchase restrictions may now be less of a headache for retailers, but plenty of other hurdles lie ahead as life slowly returns to some semblance of normality and non-essential shops prepare to reopen in mid-June.
- Researchers set to begin new phase of COVID-19 vaccine trials 22 May 2020 Researchers at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) and the University of Bristol are set to begin a new phase of trials of a vaccine pioneered in the UK which could protect against COVID-19.
- Professor Jonathan Rigg awarded Victoria Medal 21 May 2020 Professor Jonathan Rigg, Chair of Human Geography at the University of Bristol, has been recognised with the prestigious Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society.
- Quantum leap: Bristol’s photon discovery is a major step toward large-scale quantum technologies 20 May 2020 A team of physicists at the University of Bristol has developed the first integrated photon source with the potential to deliver large-scale quantum photonics.
- Ancient giant armoured fish fed in a similar way to basking sharks 20 May 2020 Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of Zurich have shown that the Titanichthys – a giant armoured fish that lived in the seas and oceans of the late Devonian period 380-million-years ago – fed in a similar manner to modern day basking sharks.
- Study finds some reductions in community antibiotic resistant infections and dispensing 19 May 2020 A study by academics at the University of Bristol has found reductions in overall and individual antibiotic dispensing between 2013 and 2016 after evaluating, for the first time, national primary care prescribing policy on community antibiotic resistant infection.
- Study to identify markers that could predict COVID-19 outcome 18 May 2020 COVID-19 is the UK's largest public health crisis since World War II. There is an urgent need to identify why some patients with the virus do very well whereas others need to be admitted to intensive care and may die from the disease. A new observational study aimed at identifying markers that predict how COVID-19 affects patients is being led by clinicians and academics at North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol.