Bristol scientists perform new experiment to solve the ‘one real mystery’ of quantum mechanics1 November 2012What is light made of: waves or particles? This basic question has fascinated physicists since the early days of science. Quantum mechanics predicts that photons, particles of light, are both particles and waves simultaneously. Reporting in Science, physicists from the University of Bristol give a new demonstration of this wave-particle duality of photons, dubbed the ‘one real mystery of quantum mechanics’ by Nobel Prize laureate Richard Feynman.
New cyber security research centre is launched in Bristol31 October 2012A new centre to combat cyber attack is being launched today [31 October], putting Bristol at the forefront of research which will ensure the UK is one of the most secure places in the world to do business online. The Bristol Security Centre at the University of Bristol will not only be training the next generation of cyber experts but will also be playing a pivotal role in helping to make government, business and consumers more resilient to online attack.
Exhibition explores hidden meanings behind the Queen’s wardrobe31 October 2012An exhibition exploring how Queen Elizabeth II’s dresses played a pivotal role in British public diplomacy will mark the opening launch of ‘Thinking Futures’, a week-long festival [5 to 9 Nov] showcasing some of the most innovative social sciences research undertaken at the University of Bristol.
FoodCycle’s funding boost to tackle food waste30 October 2012An award-winning food recycling initiative in Bristol has wowed judges in a Dragon’s Den-style pitching challenge for charities, winning a welcome cash boost for its work to tackle food waste.
New study sheds light on how and when vision evolved29 October 2012Opsins, the light-sensitive proteins key to vision, may have evolved earlier and undergone fewer genetic changes than previously believed, according to a new study from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Bristol published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) .
From lab bench to backbench29 October 2012Dr Matt Rigby from the University of Bristol will be swapping a lab coat for legislation, when he visits MP Stephen Williams at the House of Commons for a “Week in Westminster” commencing Monday 29 October as part of a unique ‘pairing’ scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science.
Bristol neuroscientist selected for Royal Society pairing scheme29 October 2012A neuroscientist from the University of Bristol will be swapping her lab bench for the backbench when she visits Dr Claire Craig MP at the House of Commons for a “Week in Westminster” [29 Oct to 2 Nov] — a unique ‘pairing’ scheme run by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science.
Making the world a better place through business26 October 2012How can you establish a business which will change the world for the better? This and other hot topics will be addressed by some of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs as they share their wisdom at the second Bristol Social Enterprise Conference.
Student named on ‘Hot 40’ list of young entrepreneurs25 October 2012An entrepreneur from the University of Bristol has been named on an exclusive list of top business people under the age of 30. Sam Harris, who is in his final year studying Biological Sciences, has made Shell LiveWIRE’s annual ‘Hot 40’ entrepreneur list - a shortlist of the best and most innovative young business people in the UK.
Greenland run-off rates accelerating24 October 2012Freshwater losses in Greenland have accelerated since the early 1990s, with the south-east of the island seeing losses rise by 50 per cent in less than 20 years, according to new research from Professor Jonathan Bamber in the School of Geographical Sciences and colleagues.
Media coverage of research into silvery fish24 October 2012Research by Thomas Jordan, Professor Julian Partridge and Dr Nicholas Roberts in the School of Biological Sciences into how silvery fish such as sardines break one of the laws of physics was covered by The New York Times and other media around the world.
£320k funding boost for dementia research24 October 2012Dementia research in Bristol has received a major boost thanks to a grant of £320k. The funding will enable researchers at the University of Bristol to carry out detailed experimental investigations of how electrical signals in brain circuits are disturbed by tauopathy — an important pathological hallmark seen in the brains of sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.
£30,000 award to playfully merge art, technology and culture24 October 2012From street art to street games, in the last five years Bristol has put itself on the map for its playful approach to public spaces, inviting residents and visitors to get engaged with the city and its creative and cultural future.
‘Unconference’ to tackle green matters23 October 2012A Green Unconference – a free event organised by an Engineering postgraduate to open up discussion of environmental issues at a local level – is being held near Bristol this weekend (27 October).
Unique fusion of art and science makes its London premiere23 October 2012Visitors to Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue will be invited to enter a virtual world and become an electrostatic force, where their energy controls the sounds and images in the room. This unique concept is known as Danceroom Spectroscopy (DS), created by Dr David Glowacki, a chemical physicist at the University of Bristol.
Quantum computing with recycled particles23 October 2012A research team from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics (CQP) have brought the reality of a quantum computer one step closer by experimentally demonstrating a technique for significantly reducing the physical resources required for quantum factoring.
Students to quiz elected mayor candidates22 October 2012Candidates vying to be elected as Bristol’s first directly elected mayor will be grilled on how they plan to support the city’s 50,000 students. A special mayoral hustings event will take place at the University of Bristol on Friday, 2 November, to give students and members of the public an opportunity to pose questions to the mayoral candidates.
Study finds better end-of-life services for patients in Somerset22 October 2012An independent evaluation looking at the impact of new end-of-life services in Somerset and North Somerset has found that patients using the services are less likely to be admitted to hospital or to die in hospital at the end of their lives.
How a fish 'broke' a law of physics21 October 2012Silvery fish such as herring, sardine and sprat are "breaking" a basic law of physics, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.
Exploring the art of the book19 October 2012The art of the book is the theme of this year's Autumn Art Lectures at the University of Bristol. Six lectures, given by a range of distinguished academics and writers, will focus on the physical beauty of books from illuminated manuscripts and natural history publications to Penguin covers and graphic novels.
Bristol professor designs game for Guinness World Record attempt19 October 2012People up and down the country are attempting to set a Guinness record today [19 October] for the world’s largest memory game as part of the first ever Biology Week. Children and adults will put their memories to the test at 2.30pm in the first mass memory game of its kind, led by the Society of Biology.
Optical vortices on a chip18 October 2012An international research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol and the Universities of Glasgow (UK) and Sun Yat-sen and Fudan in China, have demonstrated integrated arrays of emitters of so-called ‘optical vortex beams’ onto a silicon chip.
Visit the home of the Bristol Dinosaur18 October 2012Visitors to the village of Tytherington where the West's very own dinosaur, the Thecodontosaurus, was discovered in the 1970s, will have the opportunity to learn more about this amazing local resident on Wednesday 31 October as part of South Gloucestershire's Discover Festival.
The evolutionary origins of our pretty smile17 October 2012It takes both teeth and jaws to make a pretty smile, but the evolutionary origins of these parts of our anatomy have only just been discovered, thanks to a particle accelerator and a long dead fish. The research, led by the University of Bristol, is published today in Nature.
José Saramago: Literature, translation and politics17 October 2012An event to celebrate the forthcoming publication of the first English translation of Portuguese writer and Nobel Laureate José Saramago's novel Raised From the Ground will take place in the University of Bristol's School of Modern Languages this Friday.