Can your memories make history at Bristol Zoo Gardens?8 May 2012A unique research project is underway to document the distinguished history of Bristol Zoo, calling on members of the public to play their part in contributing artifacts, film footage and photographs to bring its colourful past to life.
Plays for Today: David Edgar at the Wickham Theatre7 May 2012The internationally celebrated dramatist, David Edgar comes to the University of Bristol this Thursday [10 May] to deliver the 2012 Wickham Lecture entitled ‘Plays for Today: the playwright’s place in British Theatre – then and now’.
Media coverage for Cabot research4 May 2012Evidence discovered by the Cabot Project which suggests that a Florentine merchant house financed the earliest English voyages to North America was reported by UK and Canadian media.
Bristol composer is pick of the Proms4 May 2012Wildfire, a piece by John Pickard, Professor of Composition and Applied Musicology in the Department of Music, will be performed at this year’s BBC Proms by the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
Scientists discover key contribution to Melanesian blonde hair colour3 May 2012Researchers studying pigmentation in the South Pacific have uncovered a key genetic contribution to hair colour. The findings, published in Science, reveal a functional genetic variant which has led the islanders to have simultaneously the darkest skin pigmentation outside of Africa and the highest prevalence of blonde hair outside of Europe.
International success for Bristol undergraduates3 May 2012Four students from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPIAS) have been accepted to give papers at the Tomorrow's Ideas, Now (TIN) International Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, which will convene on the campus of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, from 16 to 18 August 2012.
Simplicity and (quantum) complexity3 May 2012Simulations of reality would require less memory on a quantum computer than on a classical computer, new research from scientists at the University of Bristol, published in Nature Communications, has shown.
Special debate today as Bristol’s asked whether it wants an elected mayor2 May 2012The fate of Bristol is in the hands of voters tomorrow [3 May] as they decide whether the city should be governed by an elected mayor. But what are the issues and why is this referendum so important? A debate at the University of Bristol this afternoon aims to help the public decide.
Squid and zebrafish cells inspire camouflaging smart materials2 May 2012Researchers from the University of Bristol's Department of Engineering Mathematics have created artificial muscles that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic the remarkable camouflaging abilities of organisms such as squid and zebrafish.
Evidence that BMI has an independent and causal effect on heart disease risk1 May 2012In addition to the many risk factors associated with poor health, reducing body mass index (BMI) will have a considerable and independent impact if you want to reduce the risk of developing ischemic heart disease (IHD). This is the key finding from new research, published in PLoS Medicine, which evaluated the causal relationship between BMI and heart disease in 76,000 individuals.
Evan Wright, 1924-20121 May 2012Evan Wright, Registrar of the University of Bristol from 1973 to 1988, died on Easter Sunday 2012 at the age of 87. Michael Parry, who succeeded him as Registrar, offers this tribute.
An environmentally friendly robot1 May 2012Dr Jonathan Rossiter, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Mathematic and a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), has secured a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for his project ‘A robot that decomposes: towards biodegradable robotic organisms’.
Diamond Jubilee lectures kick-start Bristol’s royal celebrations1 May 2012From the Queen’s dresses to the historical importance of her Diamond Jubilee, the University of Bristol is organising two special lectures to celebrate the monarch’s 60 years on the throne. The two lectures are free and open to the public as part of the city’s wider plans to mark the occasion.
Italian merchants funded England's discovery of North America1 May 2012Evidence that a Florentine merchant house financed the earliest English voyages to North America, has been published on-line in the academic journal Historical Research. The article by Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, a member of a project based at the University of Bristol, indicates that the Venetian merchant John Cabot (alias Zuan Caboto) received funding in April 1496 from the Bardi banking house in London.
Courtship in the cricket world30 April 2012Everyone wants to present themselves in the best light - especially when it comes to finding a partner. Some rely on supplying honest information about their attributes while others exaggerate for good effect. A new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, published in PNAS, has discovered how male crickets could use similar tactics to attract a mate.
Epigram celebrates 250 editions of news, views and controversies30 April 2012Epigram, the University of Bristol’s popular student-run newspaper, marks its 250th edition today [30 April] by celebrating some of its journalistic triumphs. A special edition of the paper features an interview with its first editor James Landale, who went on to become the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, recalling how the first edition was created on just one computer in 1989.
Double dip recession spells trouble for cats30 April 2012Figures released by Cats Protection, and backed up by a recent University of Bristol study, show an ever decreasing number of people coming forward to adopt cats, while the number of people needing to give up a cat or report a stray is on the rise.
Universities Week ignites the sporting spirit in Bristol30 April 2012An Olympic-themed street party will take place on Wednesday [2 May] to celebrate Universities Week. The University of Bristol is showcasing the best of its sporting talent and involving local schools in the event, which also features a farmers market, brass band and cheerleading performances.
From test tube to YouTube27 April 2012Professor Martyn Poliakoff, Research Professor in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, will address the Faculty of Science on Tuesday 1 May.
Vote for RELAYS27 April 2012RELAYS, a collaboration involving the University of Bristol, has been shortlisted as one of six Olympic-inspired projects for the Podium 'Coubertin's Olympic Vision' Award 2012.
Hola! Monday is Mexico Day27 April 2012Monday 30 April is Mexico Day at the University of Bristol. To celebrate the University of Bristol's links with Mexico, staff and students are invited to attend a question-and-answer session with the Mexican Ambassador, Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza.
New enterprise zone set to transform the centre of Bristol27 April 2012A new Enterprise Zone in the heart of Bristol will be declared open for business today [Friday, 27 April] by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. More than 200 businesses from across the South West, including representatives from the University of Bristol, will gather in a temporary circus tent which has been erected in the heart of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone to hear an update on the exciting redevelopment project.
Doubling the information from the Double Helix27 April 2012Our genes control many aspects of who we are — from the colour of our hair to our vulnerability to certain diseases — but how are the genes, and consequently the proteins they make themselves controlled? Researchers have discovered a new group of molecules which control some of the fundamental processes behind memory function and may hold the key to developing new therapies for treating neurodegenerative diseases.
Archaeology student strikes gold25 April 2012Jimena Lobo Guerrero Arenas, a postgraduate student in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, has been awarded a Short Term Research Grant from Harvard University for research into early colonial gold-working in Colombia.
Professor Kathy Cashman elected to AAAS25 April 2012Kathy Cashman, AXA Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences and Philip H. Knight Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Oregon, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).