Bristol scientist honoured in Queen’s New Year list29 December 2018A scientist from the University of Bristol has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, which recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK. Along with the Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.
'Artificial muscle' takes origami to the next level20 December 2018Imagine an electrically-powered device as thin as paper, as powerful as human muscle, and capable of lifting 1,000 times its own weight. Researchers from the University of Bristol have done precisely that, creating an artificial ‘muscle’ that could boost the power of anything from microrobots to space structures.
Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots19 December 2018Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes – without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. This is what researchers from Barcelona working with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory found when they introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics.
5G Smart Tourism trial takes Roman Baths to the future18 December 2018The first major trial of the 5G Smart Tourism project has taken place at the historic Roman Baths, where invited guests were able to immerse themselves in history using a virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) application enabled by 5th Generation Mobile network technology.
New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years17 December 2018An international team of palaeontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs – pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years.
Bristol Medical School researcher awarded prestigious Diabetes UK fellowship 14 December 2018A Bristol Medical School researcher has been awarded a prestigious Diabetes UK fellowship to understand more about adult onset type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people in the UK are living with the disease which develops when the immune system makes a mistake and destroys the cells that make insulin.
Statement: Incident outside Victoria Rooms last month 14 December 2018The University is aware of an incident which took place last month in which the fountains outside the Victoria Rooms were dyed red with direct references made to the 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech by Enoch Powell.
£3 million for major research study into UK greenhouse gas emissions 13 December 2018A study to develop new methods for evaluating the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions using atmospheric observations has been awarded £3M by NERC. The project, led by researchers in Bristol’s School of Chemistry, is vital for assessing climate change mitigation measures.
Share your Temple Quarter story13 December 2018Artists-in-residence for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus want to hear your stories about the Temple Quarter area ahead of the development of the new campus close to Temple Meads station.
Networking goes quantum12 December 2018A scientist involved in expanding quantum communication to a network of users, is continuing his work at the University of Bristol.
University of Bristol recognised in second Life Sciences Sector Deal 12 December 2018Life sciences is a sector that operates at the cutting-edge of technological developments and last week [7 December] the second Life Sciences Sector Deal was announced. The Great West region, including the University of Bristol, was recognised in the report for its flourishing life science industry, due to its collaboration between more established technology and digital businesses.
Tube travel linked to the spread of flu-like illnesses12 December 2018Despite the commuter cold being a widely accepted concept, it’s never been proven that public transport contributes to the spread of airborne infections. Now new research on the London underground commute has proven a link does exist.
Bristol dental student crowned heat winner11 December 2018A final-year University of Bristol dental student has been crowned Bristol’s heat winner after competing in the nationwide Dental Clinical Skills Competition.
Celebrating 10 years of the Green Impact Awards6 December 2018Today the iconic Wills Memorial Building will be lit in green to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Green Impact Awards, a University of Bristol-born environmental initiative, which has gone on to have national impact, having been adopted by over 400 UK organisations.
Enhancing our vision of the past5 December 2018An international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Bristol have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and genetics.
£1 million donation to establish a 'living laboratory' for livestock4 December 2018A groundbreaking 'living laboratory' for livestock will be established at the Bristol Veterinary School thanks to a £1 million donation from the John Oldacre Foundation. The John Oldacre Centre for Sustainability and Welfare in Dairy Production will tackle the global challenge of ethical food security and train the next generation of vets and agriculturalists to help address the major issues facing agriculture.
What are the cost-effective implants in hip replacement surgery?4 December 2018New research led by the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study (HIPS) team at the University of Bristol Medical School has shown that small-head (less than 36 mm in diameter) cemented metal-on-plastic hip replacements are the most cost-effective in men and women older than 65 years. For adults younger than 65, small-head cemented ceramic-on-plastic hip replacements are more likely to be cost-effective. The study found no evidence that uncemented or hybrid hip replacements are cost-effective options, while large-head implant sizes (more than 36 mm) are also not cost-effective.
University of Bristol appoints new Registrar4 December 2018The University of Bristol has announced the appointment of Lucinda Parr as its new Registrar, responsible for leading its professional, educational, research, student and governance services.
Requests for emergency contraception could be an important sign of abuse4 December 2018Women who experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are more than twice as likely to seek emergency contraception as other women, according to a study by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded researchers at the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London, suggesting that requests for emergency contraception could be an important sign of abuse.