Mathematicians analyse new 'racetrack memory' computer device1 August 2014Competition to create the smallest, lightest and cheapest laptop on the market is motivating the ongoing search for a better computer-memory device then the current, conventional 2D hard-disk technology. Mathematicians from the University of Bristol have been analysing the potential of one such initiative: the 'racetrack memory' device, proposed by researchers at IBM.
Reform of AS-levels was based on ‘shaky’ evidence1 August 2014The Government’s justification for its decision to reform AS-levels was based on flawed data analysis, according to University of Bristol academics who have shown that one in five students could have their chances to fulfil their potential on a degree course damaged.
Corresponding with Conflict at the Theatre Collection 31 July 2014As part of this year’s First World War centenary commemorations, a new exhibition which aims to breathe new life into archival material dating from the 1914-1918 period and encourage fresh encounters with it, opens this Friday at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.
Verifying the future of quantum computing30 July 2014Physicists are one step closer to proving the reliability of a quantum computer – a machine which promises to revolutionise the way we trade over the internet and provide new tools to perform powerful simulations.
Scissoring the lipids28 July 2014A new strategy which enables molecules to be disconnected essentially anywhere, even remote from functionality, is described by researchers from the University of Bristol in Nature Chemistry today. The method is now being developed to explore the possibility of creating a tuberculosis (TB) vaccine.
Girls enjoy an engineering experience 28 July 2014Last week, 97 girls aged 12- to 14-years-old from across the UK benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at the University of Bristol. Financially supported by the ERA Foundation and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, this three-day residential programme [21-23 July] was organised by The Smallpeice Trust to provide students with the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of presentations and practical workshops.
Noise pollution impacts fish species differently 25 July 2014Acoustic disturbance has different effects on different species of fish, according to a new study from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter which tested fish anti-predator behaviour.
Fossils found in Siberia suggest all dinosaurs had feathers24 July 2014The first ever example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales has been discovered in Russia. Previously only flesh-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers so this new find indicates that all dinosaurs could have been feathered.
Researchers hope to identify new drug targets to treat brain tumours23 July 2014Around 7,000 people in the UK develop primary brain cancer each year but only ten per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis. A new research project has been awarded a grant of over £200,000 to look at a pathway in brain tumours called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) and identify any possible new drug targets to treat the disease.
Bristol academics elected Fellows of the British Academy17 July 2014Professor Carol Propper of the Department of Economics and Professor Tony Prosser of the University of Bristol Law School have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
Bristol students win prizes at hydrology conference15 July 2014Two Bristol students, in the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Geographical Sciences respectively, have won prizes at the recent Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists’ Symposium at Cardiff University.
Vets of the world unite14 July 2014More than 170 delegates from over 50 veterinary schools and institutions around the world gathered at Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences in Langford last week for the VetEd Symposium 2014.
Artwork that rocks14 July 2014Neville Gabie, until recently Artist in Residence at the University’s Cabot Institute, is to present work undertaken at the institute at WOMAD UK 2014 later this month. This is the first time WOMAD has commissioned artwork for the annual music and arts festival.
A sea change: learning from small islands with big challenges14 July 2014Beautiful Caribbean beaches and colourful coral reefs are familiar picture postcard scenes. Despite the idyllic vistas, many of the small islands featured in tourist brochures are faced with a variety of social and environmental challenges posed by their unique geographies.
From frontiers to football10 July 2014A new book by Dr Matthew Brown of the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies which presents an alternative history of Latin America is published today.
Cooling treatment improves survival without brain damage in later childhood9 July 2014The cooling of newborn babies suffering from perinatal asphyxia – a lack of oxygen at the time of birth – significantly increases their chance of survival without brain damage to later childhood (age six to seven years), according to a Medical Research Council (MRC) funded clinical trial by a team of researchers from the universities of Bristol, Oxford, Leeds, University College London, Imperial College London, Queen’s University Belfast and Homerton University Hospital, London.
Botanic Garden NGS open day and jazz concert9 July 2014Two popular events will take place at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden this July. The garden will hold a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) open day this Sunday [July 13] and later this month [Saturday 19 July] a summer jazz concert with the longest running band in the South West, The Blue Notes.