Squeezing in the micro-domain9 October 2013Researchers from Universities of Bristol and Düsseldorf have found a method to measure the pressure inside microscopic objects such as cells in our bodies.
Celebrating Bristol’s brain power9 October 2013Ever wondered how your brain controls movement or creates memories? The wonders and complexities of the human brain are being explained at a free festival of neuroscience, organised by the University of Bristol to give a unique insight into the power of our cleverest organ.
Top bands return to The Anson Rooms after major refurbishment8 October 2013The Anson Rooms, one of Bristol’s best-loved music venues, is reopening with a bang next week after a major refurbishment. It will welcome back live music for the first time in over a year when its autumn line-up kicks off with Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit on Monday [14 October].
Ultrahaptics – it’s magic in the air7 October 2013A team from the University of Bristol’s Interaction and Graphics (BIG) research group have developed a solution that not only allows people to feel what is on an interactive surface, but also receive invisible information before they touch it.
First flight for radiation detector7 October 2013Researchers at the University of Bristol have collaborated on a flying radiation detector that could be used to help with nuclear decommissioning and clean-up at sites such as Fukushima and Sellafield and which was recently tested in a specially designed experimental area at the National Physical Laboratory.
Bristol dominates STEM Ambassador Awards7 October 2013The University performed strongly in the regional 2013 STEM Ambassador Awards, winning for outreach work by members of the School of Experimental Psychology and the School of Geographical Sciences.
BBC programme celebrates University architect7 October 2013A documentary on the famous Bristol architect Sir George Oatley is being broadcast tonight [07 October] to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1863. Professor Mark Horton, of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University, will give an insight into Oatley’s work and life on Inside Out West, BBC1 at 7.30pm.
Bark at Ee, the University has a Gromit!4 October 2013One of the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed statues has been bought by the University of Bristol, helping to raise £2.3million for Bristol’s Children Hospital and ensuring the colourful creature will remain in the city for people to enjoy.
Vice-Chancellor “honoured” to receive knighthood4 October 2013Professor Sir Eric Thomas, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said he was “honoured” to receive his knighthood from Princess Anne at a service held in Windsor Castle. Sir Eric was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year for services to higher education.
City-wide treasure hunt has global ambitions3 October 2013Bristol will be the first city in the world to host a large-scale treasure hunt where participants use their smartphones to unlock clues and race to secure the prize fund. Race for Bristol is an innovative concept thought up by University of Bristol student Andrew Kinny, who ultimately plans to expand the event globally if it proves successful.
Autistic kids have poorer sleep quality than their peers right up to their teens1 October 2013Children with autistic spectrum disorders have poorer sleep quality than their peers right up to their teens, reveals research conducted by an international team including researchers from Bristol. The findings, published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, show total sleep duration is shorter and punctuated by more frequent waking at night and this poor-quality sleep may affect daytime learning and behaviour.
Concerns over mercury levels in fish may be unfounded1 October 2013New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol suggests that fish accounts for only seven per cent of mercury levels in the human body. In an analysis of 103 food and drink items consumed by 4,484 women during pregnancy, researchers found that the 103 items together accounted for less than 17 per cent of total mercury levels in the body.
New research links individual animal behaviour with social spacing30 September 2013New research by the universities of Bristol and Princeton has found certain animal species are capable of co-ordinating their spatial behaviour to cover terrain by maintaining areas of exclusive use while sharing other regions of space with their neighbours.
Outstanding interest-only mortgages put older people at risk30 September 2013One in three over 70’s with mortgages have interest-only mortgages with no linked investment and 13 per cent of older people with mortgages are struggling to make repayments on their home. These are the findings from new research led by academics at the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC–UK) – a leading think-tank on demographic change.
Festival launch for poetry anthology inspired by Bristol's art27 September 2013The Echoing Gallery, an anthology of poems inspired by works of art in Bristol, featuring some of the finest contemporary poets living in or associated with the city, will be launched at the Bristol Poetry Festival next Wednesday [2 October].
Festival atmosphere at harbourside Freshers’ Fair26 September 2013Students at the University of Bristol have taken over Bristol Harbourside as the annual Freshers’ Fair is held in the city centre for the first time. Millennium Square, Waterfront Square and the Amphitheatre have been transformed into a bustling marketplace of stalls, live music and performances from societies, sports clubs, University services and local businesses.
The Bristol Dinosaur build begins26 September 2013Bristol's very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus will start to come to life this Tuesday when local artist Robert Nicholls and University of Bristol dinosaur expert Pedro Viegas begin work on a full-size replica of the beast at M Shed.
Small changes can yield big results for workplace giving26 September 2013Charities are constantly searching for innovative, low cost ways to maximise their fundraising revenues. Insights from behavioural economics may offer some solutions. Small, seemingly trivial changes such as including a picture of a colleague on marketing material, asking donors to opt-out rather than opt-in to annual donation increases and giving sweets to potential donors have all proved to be successful methods to encourage workplace giving and to increase donor sign up.
Study finds link between commonly prescribed statin and memory impairment25 September 2013New research that looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function has found that one of the drugs tested caused memory impairment in rats.
Explore, make and create the digital world25 September 2013Members of the public have the opportunity to learn more about the Raspberry Pi and have fun at the same time at an event organised by students from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering this Saturday, 28 September.
Users needed to test Green Doors app25 September 2013The University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science has been working with Bristol Green Doors to produce an Android and iPhone smartphone application for this year’s open homes event and members of the public are being asked to test it over the weekend [28 and 29 September].
Do anaesthetics trigger stress?24 September 2013New research, carried out in collaboration between the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences and AstraZeneca Brixham Environmental Laboratory, could improve the welfare standards of millions of fish used by scientists around the world.
£1.8million for new research on Italian cultures and the study of Modern Languages18 September 2013A new research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world has been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). From the insights it develops into transnational Italian cultures, the project will forge a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole.