University of Bristol welcomes new Vice-Chancellor 2 September 2015 Professor Hugh Brady takes over as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol today [2 September]. He becomes the University’s 13th Vice-Chancellor, taking over from Professor Sir Eric Thomas who retired last month after 14 years as academic leader and chief executive of the world-leading university.
- X-rays reveal fossil secrets 3 September 2015 A sophisticated imaging technique has allowed scientists to virtually peer inside a 10-million-year-old sea urchin, uncovering a treasure trove of hidden fossils.
- University of Bristol welcomes new Vice-Chancellor 2 September 2015 Professor Hugh Brady takes over as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol today [2 September]. He becomes the University’s 13th Vice-Chancellor, taking over from Professor Sir Eric Thomas who retired last month after 14 years as academic leader and chief executive of the world-leading university.
- Biodiversity buzzfeed: Which insects are the best pollinators? 2 September 2015 Bees top the charts for pollination success according to one of the first studies of insect functionality within pollination networks, published today by researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of St Andrews.
- Ballooning platelets and the future of anti-thrombotic drugs 2 September 2015 Membrane ballooning in platelets during the blood-clotting process is driven by a coordinated system of salt and water entry which may be modified pharmacologically, a new study from the University of Bristol has found. The research could ultimately lead to the development of better ‘blood-thinning’ drugs for patients who experience complications with or are resistant to existing antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin.
- Botanic Garden the place to bee this weekend 2 September 2015 Insect pollination is important for the production of many crops, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes, but these important insects are under threat from multiple pressures including loss of habitat, intensive farming, pesticides and disease. A festival this weekend aims to show how people can help the 1,500 species of insects, including bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies, wasps, butterflies and moths that pollinate plants in the UK.
- Providing HIV treatment shown to be cost-saving for companies 1 September 2015 Offering treatment programmes for staff infected with HIV will save companies money in the long run, according to new research looking at the impact such a programme has had on the South African mining industry.
- First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats 1 September 2015 The ability of some bats to spot motionless prey in the dark has baffled experts until now. By creating the first visual images from echolocation, researchers reveal we have been missing how bats sense their world.
- Study suggests couples need better antenatal care following fertility treatment 1 September 2015 Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research has found. Two per cent of all births in the UK are a result of fertility treatments such as IVF. An increasing body of evidence suggests the needs of these parents are often not adequately addressed, leaving them feeling abandoned in some cases.
- Just how good (or bad) is the fossil record of dinosaurs? 28 August 2015 Everyone is excited by discoveries of new dinosaurs – or indeed any new fossil species. But a key question for palaeontologists is ‘just how good is the fossil record?’ Do we know fifty per cent of the species of dinosaurs that ever existed, or ninety per cent or even less than one per cent? And how can we tell?
- Goth teens could be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm 28 August 2015 Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.