New £7 million supercomputer facility opens1 May 2008A new £7 million supercomputer facility known as ‘BlueCrystal’ that will revolutionise research in areas such as climate change, drug design and aerospace engineering has been opened at the University of Bristol by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas.
Pupils put to an earthquake challenge30 April 2008Pupils from 14 local schools will put their engineering skills to the test in an exciting challenge run by the University of Bristol's Earthquake Engineering Research Centre (EERC) and At-Bristol on April 30 and May 1.
Lord Sainsbury unveils science park masterplan30 April 2008SPark, the new £300 million science park for Bristol and Bath, was launched on April 29 with Lord Sainsbury, the UK's leading expert on Science and Innovation, unveiling a model and images of how the first building, SPark One, will look.
Are you looking at me?30 April 2008In humans, the eyes are said to be the ‘window to the soul’, conveying much about a person’s emotions and intentions. New research demonstrates for the first time that starlings also respond to a human’s gaze.
The Sixth Dalai Lama29 April 2008Paul Williams talks about his latest book – a translation from Tibetan of the erotic poetry of the Sixth Dalai Lama.
Shakespeare's 'man of the sonnets' revealed29 April 2008Students researching for a new display of Tudor portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery have uncovered a ghost figure which may be Shakespeare’s only known patron Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, which had been subsequently painted over with a portrait of Elizabeth Vernon, Southampton’s wife.
Bristol’s Universities take to the water25 April 2008The crews of Bristol University and the University of the West of England (UWE) rowing clubs will be competing on Bristol’s floating docks tomorrow [Saturday 26 April], when they take part in the Bristol Universities Varsity Boat Race.
University hall of residence celebrates its 75th year25 April 2008Manor Hall, the student home of many leading University of Bristol alumni such as Jemima Goldsmith (BA 2002) and David Walliams (BA 1992), celebrates its 75th anniversary tomorrow [Saturday 26 April].
Hornstars hat-trick25 April 2008The University’s Big Band, the Hornstars, has won a gold award in the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF) Finals in Warwick – its third gold win in a row.
Mechanisms of memory identified23 April 2008By blocking certain mechanisms that control the way that nerve cells in the brain communicate, scientists from the University of Bristol have been able to prevent visual recognition memory in rats.
Dental School celebrates £15m expansion23 April 2008Bristol Dental Hospital and School celebrated a £15m expansion on 23 April. The state-of-the-art facility – the most advanced of its kind in the country – will accommodate 29 new dental students who, when qualified, will provide much-needed NHS dental treatment to an estimated 63,000 patients a year.
£2 million to fund breast screening technology23 April 2008Micrima, the Bristol University spin-out company behind a new breast screening technology that uses an innovative radar system to improve the early detection of breast cancer, has secured £2 million of investment.
The Ideers Project22 April 2008Since 2000, Adam Crewe and Wendy Daniell from the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre have been running an international competition for students to design models of earthquake-resistant buildings.
Professor elected to elite Fellowship21 April 2008Mike Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol, has been elected to a Fellowship of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Students hold dinner dance for city's senior residents21 April 2008Senior citizens from day centres all over the city will be putting on their dancing shoes this week [Thursday 24 April] for an oriental-themed dinner dance hosted by Bristol University’s Student Community Action (SCA) group.
AHRC grants in History and French18 April 2008Two Bristol academics are among the 43 UK researchers to have been successful in getting funding as part of the latest round of awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Grants (Standard) Scheme.
Rare example of co-operative behaviour in Nature17 April 2008Natural selection suggests that individuals should act selfishly, but new research published in Current Biology today (17 April) reveals a rare example of co-operative behaviour in the animal world.
Screening or treatment for prostate cancer?17 April 2008The striking decline in prostate cancer mortality in the USA, compared with the UK in 1994-2004, coincided with a much higher uptake of screening in the USA. But what are the causes of this?
Revised development proposals for Biological Sciences and Mathematics departments14 April 2008Members of the public are being invited to comment on revised proposals for new research and teaching accommodation for the University of Bristol’s departments of Biological Sciences and Mathematics. The proposed development is to be built on part of the old Children’s Hospital site on the corner of St Michael’s Hill and Tyndall Avenue.
Does the internet really influence suicidal behaviour?11 April 2008People searching the internet for information about suicide methods are most likely to come across sites that encourage suicide rather than sites offering help and support, finds a study in this week's issue of the BMJ.
Celebrating aerospace talent11 April 2008The top prize for outstanding MSc dissertation goes to Etienne Coetzee at the University of Bristol. Etienne works at the Landing Gear Systems group of Airbus UK.
University aims to shrink carbon footprint10 April 2008The University of Bristol is planning to develop two state-of-the-art energy centres that will cut its carbon emissions by nearly a quarter and dramatically increase its energy efficiency.
When life nearly died10 April 2008Michael Benton’s book about the Permian Extinction – When Life Nearly Died: the greatest mass extinction of all time – has been published in paperback this week.
Surgery and drugs not enough to combat obesity10 April 2008A review of research examining the effectiveness of different obesity treatments has concluded that no matter what other forms of therapy are offered, changes in lifestyle are imperative if patients want to maximise and maintain their weight loss.
Intute offers new internet resource subject booklets9 April 2008Intute, an internet service co-run by the University’s Institute of Learning and Research Technology, has published eight new subject booklets this month, each providing a taster of the scholarly internet resources that can be found by using Intute services.
New research unit tackles number one killer9 April 2008United Bristol Healthcare Trust has been awarded £3.8 million for ground-breaking research into treatments for cardiovascular disease to will create the Bristol Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease.
One of Bristol’s historic gardens open to view9 April 2008One of Bristol’s best-known 18th-century formal gardens, set in ten acres of formal and wooded grounds in Clifton, will be open to the public on Sunday 27 April. Built in 1714 and designed by Thomas Goldney III, Goldney gardens are English Heritage-listed.
Science comes alive in Jersey schools8 April 2008A team of scientists from Bristol took Jersey schools by storm in a week of hands-on science events on the island at the beginning of April.