£930,000 to develop new smoking cessation aids16 May 2016Chemists at the University of Bristol have been awarded £930,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop potential new aids to help smokers stop smoking.
An enzyme enigma discovered in the abyss11 May 2016Scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Newcastle have uncovered the secret of the ‘Mona Lisa of chemical reactions’ – in a bacterium that lives at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It is hoped the discovery could lead to the development of new antibiotics and other medical treatments.
Research on origins of life wins Three Minute Thesis prize11 May 2016Chemistry PhD student Sam Briggs successfully summed up his research into the chemical origins of life to win the University of Bristol’s Three Minute Thesis competition, which challenges postgraduate students to present years of work that go into a PhD thesis in just three minutes.
New way of growing crystals discovered10 May 2016A new way to grow crystals has been discovered by researchers at the University of Bristol. The work is described in an article published in Nature Communications this week.
Exploring embodied human interaction in the virtual world6 May 2016Members of the public will have the opportunity to ‘become’ embodied energy fields within a virtual landscape as part of an interactive research residency by University of Bristol graduate student, Lisa May Thomas at the Arnolfini’s Dark Studio next week [Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 May].
A faster and cheaper way to produce new antibiotics4 May 2016A novel way of synthesising a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists at the University of Bristol. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the researchers were able to increase production by more than 2,000 per cent.
Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change25 April 2016Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was the major driver behind the global climatic shifts that occurred 53 to 34 million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton, the University of Bristol and Cardiff University
New insight into enzyme evolution4 March 2016How enzymes – the biological proteins that act as catalysts and help complex reactions occur – are ‘tuned’ to work at a particular temperature is described in new research from groups in New Zealand and the UK, including the University of Bristol.
New book on food fraud sorts the beef from the bull22 February 2016A new book, co-authored by Professor Richard Evershed of the School of Chemistry, which explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century’s biggest food scams is published by Bloomsbury this week.