Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows13 November 2017Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 per cent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study led by researchers from King's College London, Harvard University, University of Bristol and McGill University shows.
Lighter, stronger, faster, better: composite materials and their future uses13 November 2017Composite materials are generally described as being made up of a combination of two or more materials. Through clever engineering, materials can work better together than individually because the way they combine produces a composite material with different characteristics. Members of the public will have the opportunity to find out just how useful composites are and how they could be used in the future at a free talk this week [Wednesday 15 November].
New satellite lab and ground station to boost space exploration in Bristol10 November 2017Space exploration in Bristol is to be boosted thanks to the opening of a new satellite laboratory and ground station at the University of Bristol today [10 Nov]. The fully automated ground station, equipped with the latest tracking technology, will allow students and researchers to speak with astronauts in NASA’s International Space Station, download data from current satellites in orbit, and communicate with future University of Bristol-built satellites.
Full steam ahead for Engine Shed 29 November 2017Bristol City Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved plans for Engine Shed 2 – an expansion of the successful business incubation centre near Bristol Temple Meads train station.
Bristol awarded EPSRC funding for nuclear robotics8 November 2017The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced four national research hubs for the latest ground-breaking research and innovation projects in robotics and artificial intelligence systems.
New international consortium to accelerate drug discovery in kidney diseases 6 November 2017A new consortium to accelerate the discovery of novel drugs to treat kidney diseases is announced today [Monday 6 November]. The NEPLEX (nephron on a chip with cellular and extracellular matrix complexity) consortium, comprising leading academic institutions including the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, and Evotec AG, will combine key technologies to develop and build a novel drug discovery device ("Nephron-on-a-Chip").
Enter the world of carnivorous plants 3 November 2017The fascinating world of carnivorous plants will be revealed later this month at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden Friends’ lecture.
Explore space with ‘Astronaut’ Tim and top European expert1 November 2017BBC Two Astronauts finalist Tim Gregory will join one of Europe’s top space exploration experts at a special event in memory of Colin Pillinger - the Bristol-born scientist best known for leading the Beagle 2 mission which landed on Mars.
Downing Street recognition for Parkinson's researcher
31 October 2017Dr Emily Henderson, a University of Bristol Honorary Consultant Senior Lecturer, and Consultant at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath, met the Prime Minister Theresa May at a Downing Street reception yesterday [30 October] in recognition of her research into Parkinson's, and to mark the 200-year anniversary since James Parkinson first described the condition.
The advent of “green” cattle30 October 2017Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
Centralised care needs to be improved to ensure children with cleft lip and palate have best outcomes30 October 2017Around 1,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate in the UK each year, with many children requiring long-term multi-disciplinary care. A University of Bristol study, which assessed whether the centralisation of cleft lip and palate care services improved child outcomes, 15 years after centralisation took place, is published. The study found centralisation has improved patient outcomes but highlights more work is needed in some areas.
John Anthony Burrow, 1932 – 201726 October 2017Professor John Burrow, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, passed away earlier this week. Former colleagues pay tribute to his life and career.
Bristol researchers to explore Mars and its environment26 October 2017Three academics from the University of Bristol will explore Mars and the microgravity environment, thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency in the latest round of the Aurora Science Programme and the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity programme.
How to ensure volunteers fill the holiday hunger gap23 October 2017With up to 3.2 million children facing the prospect of not having enough food to eat during half term, new research has highlighted the importance of volunteers in filling the ‘holiday hunger’ gap.
Bristol named as UK’s smartest city23 October 2017Bristol has overtaken London as the UK’s leading 'smart city' according to the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting. The report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.
Key discoveries offer significant hope of reversing antibiotic resistance 23 October 2017Two recent studies led by the University of Bristol provide significant new hope in the fight against antibiotic resistance. By identifying what makes some bacteria resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, and how this can be reversed, the findings have demonstrated potentially life-saving consequences and could help reverse the tide of antibiotic resistance.