From science to street art: research comes to life at See No Evil8 August 2012Postgraduate students from the University of Bristol will be swapping science for spray cans as they bring their research work to life for See No Evil – the UK’s largest permanent street art project. Complicated concepts from the world of engineering, nanoscience and chemistry will be communicated on canvas as part of the diverse art project, which sees 30 of the world’s most prolific street artists descend on Bristol city centre.
Plain packaging of cigarettes encourages young smokers to heed health warnings8 August 2012New research shows that plain cigarette packaging may help to draw the attention of some adolescent smokers to the health warnings on the package. If so, this may in turn deter young smokers from continuing to smoke. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, is published online in the scientific journal Addiction.
Gold for dressage star Laura Bechtolsheimer7 August 2012Former University of Bristol student Laura Bechtolsheimer has won a gold medal in the dressage at London 2012, helping Team GB to their best medal tally in over a century.
Holy bat detector! Ecologists develop first Europe-wide bat ID tool7 August 2012Just as differences in song can be used to distinguish one bird species from another, the pips and squeaks bats use to find prey can be used to identify different species of bat. Now, for the first time, a team of ecologists, including Professor Gareth Jones from the University of Bristol, have developed a Europe-wide tool capable of identifying bats from their echolocation calls.
Do you know of someone who is experiencing domestic violence?6 August 2012One in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Until now, there has been little research on how this takes its toll on friends and relatives of victims. A new study, led by the University of Bristol, is seeking participants to share their experiences to help find out the true impact on people who surround a woman experiencing abusive behaviour.
University of Bristol athletes in Olympic action3 August 2012University of Bristol representatives will be at the heart of the action at London 2012 over the next few days, standing a good chance of achieving medals in both the sailing and equestrian events.
Historical aerial photography reveals patterns of mass loss in Greenland3 August 2012Scientists using recent satellite data combined with historical aerial photography from the 1980s have discovered rapid, short-lived ice loss events in Northwestern Greenland, according to research published in Science. The findings challenge predictions about the future response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to increasing global temperatures.
World’s largest science experiment brings science to life at Balloon Fiesta2 August 2012The world’s largest science experiment is coming to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, where visitors will be able to walk through a full-size replica of the Large Hadron Collider - the world's most powerful atom smasher - as well as having the chance to meet physicists involved in the recent Higgs boson discovery.
Neutron scattering explains how myoglobin can perform without water2 August 2012Proteins do not need to be surrounded by water to carry out their vital biological functions, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The findings, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) in Grenoble, the Australian National University, the Institut Laue Langevin and the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, will help towards the potential application of proteins in biochemical gas sensors or in state-of-the-art wound dressing.
Student radio bursts out across Bristol1 August 2012Burst Radio, the University of Bristol‘s student radio station, is set to get a huge boost to its listening figures and reach a wider pool of students when it starts broadcasting to cafés and buildings across the University precinct from October.
Bristol University and GKN Aerospace agree closer links30 July 2012The University of Bristol and GKN Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflecting a shared desire to maintain and develop the engagement between the engineering industry and the University.
Student gives minimum wage plight an operatic makeover30 July 2012The story of women chainmakers who fought for a minimum wage has been brought to life in a new opera written by University of Bristol student Victoria Bourne. The production is being debuted at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival - one of London’s biggest showcases for up-and-coming opera talent.
danceroom Spectroscopy to feature in Cultural Olympiad27 July 2012A 21-metre 360° projection dome in Weymouth Pavilion will be the venue for a groundbreaking interactive science-meets-art experiment on Saturday 4 August and Sunday 5 August, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Olympic rings: Great George sounds the start of London 201226 July 2012The start of the London 2012 Olympics will be marked by Great George, the nine-and-a-half-ton bell in the tower of the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building, when it rings out across the city at 8.12am tomorrow morning [Friday, 27 July].
The Hawthorns refurbishment update26 July 2012As part of the University's commitment to the student experience, The Hawthorns has been designated a Student Learning Space and will be operational from the start of the new academic year. To achieve this, several areas within the building will need to be refurbished.
One touch towards the future25 July 2012A new project, run by the University of Bristol and Pervasive Media Studio, will investigate how the emerging field of UltraHaptics might be used in a creative context in the future.
MyGames project calls for your images of London 201225 July 2012The University of Bristol is calling on members of the public across the South West to help with a new research project which aims to preserve and present the most imaginative, quirky, diverse and entertaining visual responses – photos, drawings, paintings etc – to London 2012.
Capital Projects Office wins Client of the Year24 July 2012The University’s Capital Projects Office has won the Client of the Year Award in the Constructing Excellence South West and the Chartered Institute of Building South West Built Environment Awards 2012.
Ping pong mania hits the University of Bristol20 July 2012The University of Bristol is the latest organisation to take part in the table tennis mania which is sweeping the city this month. The phenomena, called Ping!, is a street ping pong project, which sees tables installed in public locations across UK cities in the run-up to London 2012.
Bristol academic elected Fellow of the British Academy20 July 2012Professor Gillian Clark of the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Bristol has achieved the rare distinction of being elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences responsible for promoting research and scholarship in all branches of humane and social studies.
Grant to revolutionise the semiconductor laser18 July 2012Dr Martin Cryan, Senior Lecturer in the University's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been awarded a grant by the EPSRC to develop a new type of nanoscale lens technology.
Penguin Archive opens up on Radio 418 July 2012The Penguin Archive, housed in the University’s Special Collections, is to feature in an edition of BBC Radio 4’s Archive on 4 this weekend (Saturday 21 July).