John Hurrell Crook, 1930-201120 July 2011Dr John Crook, a major figure in British primatology and socio-ecology, has died. Innes Cuthill, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, offers a tribute.
Bristol physicists break 150-year-old law19 July 2011A violation of one of the oldest empirical laws of physics has been observed by scientists at the University of Bristol. Their experiments on purple bronze, a metal with unique one-dimensional electronic properties, indicate that it breaks the Wiedemann-Franz Law. This historic discovery is described in a paper published today in Nature Communications.
Rousseau comes to town19 July 2011The University of Bristol is hosting the Seventeenth Biennial Colloquium of the Rousseau Association at Clifton Hill House this week (21-23 July), on the theme of ‘Rousseau’s republics’.
US university president honoured in Bristol19 July 2011The president of one of the United States’ top universities has travelled to Bristol to collect an honorary degree today [19 July] in recognition of his contribution to education throughout the world.
Seismic success for Chinese students18 July 2011Six Chinese students, who won the 2011 Dynamic Designs China competition, will visit the University of Bristol this week [18-22 July] for a week-long masterclass on sustainable engineering.
‘Capability’ Brown exhibition at Compton Verney18 July 2011Professor Tim Mowl, Director of the Institute for Landscape and Garden History, is co-curator of the first-ever exhibition about landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – and a book by one of his recent PhD students is being published to tie in with the exhibition.
Towards a nation of savers18 July 2011Policy-makers need to find new ways to encourage saving among poorer people, new research from the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre has found.
Young researcher wins Europe-wide prize for PhD thesis15 July 2011Dr Georg Fuchsbauer, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science, has won an award from the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) for his recent PhD thesis.
Spin-out company gets approval for new nicotine gum13 July 2011A new generation of nicotine gum, developed by the University of Bristol spin-out company Revolymer® Ltd, has been given approval for sale in Canada. The gum uses new technology to mask the nicotine taste.
UK scientists tackle food security12 July 2011The Universities of Exeter and Bristol, in partnership with Rothamsted Research, are joining forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: how can we feed a growing population?
Genetic study sheds new light on auto-immune arthritis10 July 2011Researchers are one step closer to understanding how an individual’s genetic make-up predisposes them to Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a common auto-immune arthritis which causes pain and stiffness of the spine, and in serious cases, progressive fusion of the vertebrae and other affected joints. The study is published today in Nature Genetics.
Research into ankylosing spondylitis widely reported10 July 2011Research into the auto-immune arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, by Dr David Evans in the School of Social and Community Medicine was covered by The Independent, The Times and several medical websites.
SETsquared showcases cutting-edge technologies8 July 2011An innovative system that aims to convert waste water to protein, creating algae farms for the fish and animal feed markets, and a spherical musical instrument that glows were just two of the pioneering technologies showcased at the annual SETsquared Garden Party and Innovation Showcase.
Do patients think GPs should be paid for performance?8 July 2011A study exploring patients’ views of pay-for-performance in primary care will be presented today [Friday 8 July] at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care hosted by the University of Bristol's Academic Unit of Primary Health Care.
SETsquared partners with SWAIN to kick-start the economy7 July 2011SETsquared, a collaboration between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey that supports new business activities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation, has formed a new partnership with South West Angel and Investor Network (SWAIN) in a bid to accelerate investment in the region’s most exciting business opportunities.
Historic China comes alive7 July 2011One of the largest online collections of historical photographs of China is launched at the University of Bristol today. The Visualising China project, a unique virtual archive of Chinese life, gives users the opportunity to explore and interact with more than 8,000 digitised photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950.
Using vital signs to predict severity of illness in children7 July 2011Combining three vital signs (heart rate, temperature, and oxygen saturation) in a simple score can identify children at risk of serious illness, according to a new study presented today at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Academic Primary Care, hosted this year by the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol.
Lack of clarity about HPV vaccine and the need for cervical cancer screening7 July 2011Some girls and their parents mistakenly believe the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination makes future cervical cancer screening unnecessary, according to a new study presented today at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Academic Primary Care, hosted this year by the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol.
Fossil jaws shed new light on early vertebrate feeding ecology6 July 2011With the evolution of jaws some 420 million years ago, jawed animals diversified rapidly into a range of niches that remained stable for the following 80 million years, despite extinctions, habitat loss and competition, say researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Leiden in the leading scientific journal Nature.
PhD student becomes first recipient of Jon Rasbash Bursary6 July 2011Rebecca Pillinger, a first-year PhD student in the Graduate School of Education, has become the first recipient of a new bursary established by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law as a memorial to Professor Jon Rasbash and as a mechanism to support world-class expertise in advanced quantitative methodology in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM).
Study reveals new factors that help to increase children’s physical activity6 July 2011Physical activity has important benefits for children’s physical health and mental well-being but many children do not meet recommended levels. A new study into the factors which motivate children’s active play has found that overall physical activity is increased in children who have access to green spaces in their neighbourhood.