Launch of world-leading power electronics research centre1 July 2013A Centre for Power Electronics that will focus on delivering the underpinning science and engineering behind many low carbon technologies from electric vehicles to renewable energy generation and distribution has been launched thanks to funding of £18 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Bristol professor wins 2013 Martha T Muse Prize1 July 2013Professor Martin Siegert has become the first UK-based researcher to win the US$100,000 Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica. He was commended for his innovative research on Antarctic subglacial lakes and the reconstruction of Antarctic glacial history.
Humanoid robot that sees and maps1 July 2013Computer vision algorithms that enable Samsung’s latest humanoid robot, Roboray, to build real-time 3D visual maps to move around more efficiently have been developed by researchers from the University of Bristol.
Dr Martin Poulter appointed Jisc-Wikimedia Ambassador1 July 2013Dr Martin Poulter, Senior Web Developer for the University of Bristol’s Economics Network and New Media Manager for the Children of the 90s project, has been appointed Jisc-Wikimedia Ambassador to facilitate a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together.
Sixteen new genetic regions for allergies discovered30 June 2013In two of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on common allergies, including pollen, dust-mite and cat allergies, 16 new genetic regions related to the condition have been discovered. Together they are responsible for at least 25 per cent of allergy in the population. Eight of the genetic variations have previously been associated with asthma. The discoveries, published today in Nature Genetics, are a major step towards understanding the biological basis of common allergies.
Language staff get on their bikes for charity28 June 2013As the likes of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador begin their battle for the cycling’s coveted yellow jersey, four members of University of Bristol staff will be gearing up for their own mini Tour de France to raise money for charity.
Female scientists campaign for change in gender inequality in science28 June 2013London’s Southbank will be transformed into a hub of scientific learning and discussion next Friday [5 July] as some of the UK’s leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public at an event co-founded by a University of Bristol researcher.
Exploring dinosaur growth28 June 2013Tracking the growth of dinosaurs and how they changed as they grew is difficult. Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists from Beijing, Bristol, and Bonn have shown how one of the best-known dinosaurs switched from four feet to two as it grew.
Boat noise stops fish finding home28 June 2013Boat noise disrupts orientation behaviour in larval coral reef fish, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Liège. Reef fish are normally attracted by reef sound but the study, conducted in French Polynesia, found that fish are more likely to swim away from recordings of reefs when boat noise is added.
£50,000 for Future Documentary project inspired by the Quipu27 June 2013A new collaboration between University of Bristol researchers Dr Matthew Brown and Dr Karen Tucker and media company Chaka Films has been awarded £50,000 as part of REACT Future Documentary Sandbox – an AHRC-funded initiative to encourage new forms of storytelling exploring the documentary format, arts and humanities research and digital technologies.
Genome of 700,000-year-old horse sequenced26 June 2013The oldest genome so far from a prehistoric creature has been sequenced by an international team, led by scientists from the Natural History Museum of Denmark and including Bristol's Dr Jakob Vinther
Touchless technology wins £15,000 in New Enterprise Competition26 June 2013The futuristic concept of being able to recreate the sensation of touch mid-air has won the University of Bristol’s equivalent to Dragon’s Den and a share of over £30,000 prize money. Ultrahaptics, a novel technology developed by PhD student Tom Carter and Professor Sriram Subramanian, beat a record 75 entries to scoop the top prize in the New Enterprise Competition which was judged by a panel of industry experts.
The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System26 June 2013What happens when the criminal justice system convicts an innocent person? That’s the central question posed by University of Bristol academic Michael Naughton in his new book, The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System.
Researchers find key to blood-clotting process25 June 2013Researchers, including Professor Alastair Poole and Dr Matthew Harper from the University of Bristol’s School of Physiology and Pharmacology, have uncovered a key process in understanding how blood clots form that could help pave the way for new therapies to reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Professor Mick Aston, 1946-201325 June 2013Professor Mick Aston, Emeritus Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol, a pioneer of landscape archaeology, a prolific author and a tireless campaigner for access to academia, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday night aged 66.
Lady Hale to be next Deputy President of Supreme Court25 June 2013The Chancellor of the University of Bristol, the Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond, has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court, the first women to be appointed to this position.
Summer school brings together communication researchers25 June 2013Some of the brightest young minds working within the wireless and wired research communities were brought together by the University of Bristol at the start of June [10-14] to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote scientific learning.
Bristol celebrates 100 years of teacher education at top of the class24 June 2013The University of Bristol is celebrating its hundredth year of teacher education with a free public festival. Hosted by the University’s Graduate School of Education on Friday 28 June, the day of festivities is open to anyone with an interest in education — from teachers and researchers to parents and policymakers.
Hope for migraine sufferers?23 June 2013In the largest study of migraine ever undertaken, researchers from the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe have found five new genetic regions that, for the first time, have been linked to the onset of migraine. This discovery is a major step forward in the understanding of the causes and biological triggers of migraine attacks.
Professor Martin Lowson, 1938-201321 June 2013Professor Martin Lowson, Emeritus Professor of Advanced Transport and former Head of Aerospace Engineering, has died aged 75. Colleagues offer an appreciation of his life and achievements.
EPSRC grant for renewable energy project21 June 2013A project pursuing new approaches to harvesting thermal energy using nanodiamond has been awarded funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Paralysed with fear: the story of polio19 June 2013Thanks to vaccination, polio has been pushed to the brink of extinction – but can we finish the job? This is one of the big questions which a University of Bristol academic, Professor Gareth Williams, addresses in a free talk about his new book next week [Tuesday 25 June].
Bristol's Teaching Awards announced19 June 2013University of Bristol academics and support staff were honoured at the inaugural Bristol Teaching Awards ceremony held at the Mansion House, Bristol on 17 June 2013.
Bristol neuroscientists receive two major funding awards19 June 2013Professors David Murphy, from Bristol Neuroscience, and Julian Paton, from of the School of Physiology and Pharmacology, have been awarded two of six research grants funded under a collaborative scheme by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).
30,000 people to visit Bristol for latest open days19 June 2013A record number of visitors will be attending the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open days on Wednesday and Thursday [26 and 27 June]. Around 15,000 visitors have booked to attend each day, with both prospective students and their guests wanting a taste of university life and the chance to see for themselves all that the University and city has to offer.
What makes people click?18 June 2013Academics from the University’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory have analysed tens of thousands of articles available to readers of online news and created a model to find out ‘what makes people click’.
Mission Rabies comes to Bristol18 June 2013Luke Gamble, a University of Bristol alumni and founder of Worldwide Veterinary Services, visited Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences last Thursday to promote the Mission Rabies project.
Moderate drinking during pregnancy study featured in national media18 June 2013New research, led by Professor John Macleod from the University’s School of Social and Community Medicine, has found that moderate drinking during pregnancy — three to seven glasses of alcohol a week — does not appear to harm fetal neurodevelopment, as indicated by the child’s ability to balance. The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, has featured in the national media today [18 June].
Is your pet dog using their passport this summer?17 June 2013The Great Pet Survey, led by academics in the University of Bristol’s Schools of Veterinary Sciences and Biological Sciences, was launched last year to find out where in the world UK dog owners take their dogs but more owners are needed to take part in the study.