DigiMakers goes back to nature4 June 2014With the UK facing a national skills shortage in electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, members of the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the field and have fun with technology at a free event next week [Saturday 14 June]. DigiMakers, part of this month’s Festival of Nature, will showcase how electronics and computers can be used to connect with nature and the environment.
Researchers reveal all at Bristol 3MT finals4 June 2014Ever wondered what kind of research PhD students are working on at Bristol? Find out when postgraduate researchers take to the stage this Friday (6 June) to present their 80,000-word theses in just three minutes.
New Enterprise finalists announced2 June 2014Eleven of the most exciting new business ideas generated by University of Bristol students, staff and recent alumni have been selected to progress to the final round of the annual New Enterprise Competition (NEC) in October and a chance to win grant funds of up to £35,000.
Questioning standard approaches to menopausal symptoms2 June 2014Understanding menopausal symptoms through a simple checklist has serious limitations, particularly within different ethnic groups or populations, according to a new study of British Pakistani women’s beliefs about and experiences of menopause.
Magic meets Brunel at the Festival of Education2 June 2014The use of magic in science lessons and how to inspire the next generation of Brunels are just two of the topics being discussed at the Festival of Education – a two week series of events which begins on Monday [9 June].
Professor Jake MacMillan FRS, 1924-201429 May 2014Jake MacMillan, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry, died recently. Professor Chris Willis offers a tribute.
Study of colour films in Britain wins prestigious book prize29 May 2014Professor Sarah Street from the Department of Film and Television has been awarded First Prize in the 2014 British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Book Prize for Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation 1900-55.
What do cats really think?28 May 2014Cats are one of the UK’s favourite pets but much of what they do remains a mystery. A leading animal welfare expert and author of the book Cat Sense will explore feline behaviour at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival next month.
Translating sport28 May 2014Do teams play better if their players share the same mother tongue? Is interpreting an aid to understanding or a barrier? How do interpreters shape the way we understand sporting events like the World Cup?
Keeping active pays off even in your 70s and 80s28 May 2014Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed.
Explore Historic Goldney Garden27 May 2014Booking is now open for a series of summer guided tours around one of Bristol’s most beautiful hidden gardens as the University of Bristol invites the public to enjoy the rich history of Goldney Garden.
Professor calls for total destruction of smallpox samples22 May 2014Smallpox, the only viral disease in humans to be completely eradicated globally, is hitting the headlines this week as health ministers from around the world decide whether the last two remaining laboratory samples should be destroyed.
Ports, piers and promenades at the RWA22 May 2014A new exhibition of depictions of the English coastline from the Royal West of England Academy's (RWA’s) collection, selected by students from the University of Bristol, opens next Thursday [29 May}.
Fossil avatars are transforming palaeontology22 May 2014New techniques for visualizing fossils are transforming our understanding of evolutionary history according to a paper published by leading palaeontologists at the University of Bristol.
Bristol hosts nuclear governance workshop22 May 2014The University’s Global Insecurities Centre (GIC) recently hosted an international Strategic Research Initiative workshop on national and international nuclear governance, the proceedings of which set up a new research agenda for the social sciences.
Iron from melting ice sheets may help buffer global warming21 May 2014A newly-discovered source of oceanic bioavailable iron could have a major impact on our understanding of marine food chains and global warming. A UK team, including researchers from the University of Bristol, has found that summer meltwaters from ice sheets are rich in iron, which will have important implications on phytoplankton growth. Their findings are reported today in Nature Communications.
Deciphering the role of fat stem cells in obesity and diabetes21 May 2014With three million people dying worldwide each year as a direct result of being overweight or obese, a new study will look at stem cells to pinpoint how excess fat is stored – potentially paving the way for new treatments to combat killer diseases associated with obesity.
Year 12 students challenged to use their maths skills to win £1,00020 May 2014Year 12 students are being challenged to use their maths skills to solve an important real-world problem and win £1,000. The nationwide mathematical challenge, now in its second year, will be launched by the University of Bristol’s Department of Engineering Mathematics next month [9 June].
Raising support for unique lemur study20 May 2014A University of Bristol PhD student is aiming to raise money to undertake the first ever long-term study of one of the rarest lemurs in the world - the Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur.
Professor helps BBC to tell the story of polio19 May 2014Polio, the dreaded ‘morning paralysis’ which could break into any household and paralyse or kill a healthy child, became one of the iconic diseases of the 20th century. The BBC will examine the battle to beat the crippling disease in a programme being broadcast tonight [19 May].
Getting stuck in for Shanghai 19 May 2014As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, University of Bristol historian Professor Robert Bickers explores the contradictions, patriotic fervour and battlefield experiences of the largest contingent of Shanghai British to fight the Kaiser’s forces in Europe, and the story of the city they left behind.
How does snow affect the amount of water in rivers?18 May 2014New research has shown for the first time that the amount of water flowing through rivers in snow-affected regions depends significantly on how much of the precipitation falls as snowfall. This means in a warming climate, if less of the precipitation falls as snow, rivers will discharge less water than they currently do.
Exploring the Home Front and its legacies16 May 2014Some of the remarkable ways in which the British landscape was reconfigured by the First World War have been uncovered by a team of volunteers working on a project run by the University of Bristol and the University of York in the Lea Valley and Staffordshire.
Researchers create ‘ultrasonic hands’ that can grip microparticles14 May 2014A team of researchers from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Dundee has discovered for the first time that ultrasonic waves can be used to grab several microparticles at a time, effectively creating a pair of invisible ‘ultrasonic hands’ that can move tiny objects, such as cells, under a microscope.
Delve into the weird and wonderful plant kingdom 14 May 2014What is the biggest flower in the world, why are some plants carnivorous or how does an orchid trick its pollinators? These questions and many more will be answered this Sunday [May 18] when the University of Bristol Botanic Garden has a special display of plants for Fascination of Plants Day.