How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?16 March 2017Quantum computing will soon enter a revolutionary new age of quantum supremacy, in which quantum computers are expected to outperform the computational power of the classical ones, unlocking new applications and technologies such as designing new drugs and processing big data.
Bristol celebrates ten years of the ERC15 March 2017It may not be immediately apparent what volcanoes, artificial intelligence and the Arctic all have in common. Yet they are all subjects of ground-breaking University of Bristol research which was celebrated this week at an event to commemorate 10 years of the European Research Council.
Antibiotics not effective for clinically infected eczema in children14 March 2017Estimates suggest that 40 per cent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study involving academics from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children.
Researchers to develop ‘wearable’ robotic tools for surgery14 March 2017A collaborative team of researchers is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.
Bristol’s Brad Evans gets under the skin in Russell Brand’s new podcast14 March 2017Dr Brad Evans, from the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and Founder and Director of the Histories of Violence project, has been discussing the politics of violence with Russell Brand as the first guest on his new podcast, Under the Skin.
Young adults on the verge of a gambling habit14 March 2017Young males and people who use drink or drugs are at greater risk of developing a gambling habit, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Experts say it is an indication of an area that needs more attention if primary care services are to help those in need.
Computing with spiders’ webs13 March 2017Do spiders use their web as a computer? New research, led by the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, will look at spiders’ webs to investigate their computational capabilities and based on this research they will develop new sensor technology to measure vibrations and flow.
Speakezee celebrates Brain Awareness Week in schools13 March 2017Thousands of students from across the country will learn more about the human brain in a series of events led by University of Bristol academic Professor Bruce Hood. The talks mark Brain Awareness Week, which runs from 13 to 19 March.
Major prize for Senegalese film10 March 2017A Senegalese film, which recently premiered in the UK thanks to funding from the University of Bristol, has won a major award.
CRUST adds new layer of defence against earthquakes and tsunamis 10 March 2017The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six years ago this Saturday [11 March].
Strategic agreement set to tackle technology challenges9 March 2017The University of Bristol has been chosen by global technology company Thales Group to be its first strategic partner university in the UK, in a move which will lead to new research and education opportunities.
Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys8 March 2017About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today [8 Mar], which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children. The study of 611 looked after children produced some positive results with 83 percent of children saying that being in care had improved their lives. Compared to the general population more looked after children felt safe at home, liked school and felt their carers were interested in their education. However, nearly one in five young people aged between 11-18 yrs had low well-being and needed much more support.
Scientists discover how animals measure time of year to reproduce7 March 2017Animals need to measure the time of year so that they can anticipate and adapt to the arrival of a new season to align reproduction, as well as other vital functions critical for survival. A new study, conducted at the University of Bristol, has identified how animals measure annual time to control seasonal fertility.
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees 6 March 2017A report which outlines how local organisations have made life better for bees and pollinating insects in Bristol and the surrounding area over the last two years will be published tomorrow [March 7] to coincide with a meeting of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership at the SS Great Britain.
Online forecast maps warns sheep farmers about risk of Nematodirosis in lambs1 March 2017With spring fast approaching the parasite Nematodirus is a deadly threat to the lives of lambing flocks. An online risk forecast could help UK sheep farmers assess the risk of outbreaks of the parasite in their lambs and take action before it is too late. The forecast maps will be updated daily to track changes in risk throughout the spring and early summer and include treatment and management advice.
Bristol to improve signposting to specialist support for domestic violence and abuse in UK military families
1 March 2017The University of Bristol has been awarded a grant of £46,938 by the Forces in Mind Trust for a 15-month study to investigate domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in UK military families. The research will investigate what criteria might constitute specialist DVA provision for this group, and what service providers, if any, already meet these criteria, in order to help improve signposting to the service providers best placed to meet the needs of UK military families suffering DVA.
Shedding new light on the evolution of the squid1 March 2017Octopus, cuttlefish and squid are well known in the invertebrate world. With their ink-squirting decoy technique, ability to change colour, bizarre body plan and remarkable intelligence they highlight that lacking a back-bone doesn’t always mean lacking sophistication.