Why some parents think your partner isn’t good enough18 September 2013It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation for why some parents try to control who their children pair up with.
Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries17 September 2013Researchers are suggesting that the 2008 global economic crisis could be to blame for the increase in suicide rates in European and American countries, particularly among males and in countries with higher levels of job losses. The findings, led by researchers at the universities of Bristol, Oxford and Hong Kong, are published today on bmj.com.
Seven world-firsts for intrepid climbing team16 September 2013A team of climbers from the University of Bristol have successfully achieved seven world-firsts, summiting seven previously unclimbed peaks in the remote and unknown mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The steep challenge lasted for 18 days in the Djangart mountain range – on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China – with a range of challenging weather conditions and unknown terrain.
Quantum: It’s the future16 September 2013The ability to design and create new materials and pharmaceuticals at a fraction of today’s costs is just one of the possibilities that were described by Professor Jeremy O’Brien at the World Economic Forum meeting of the New Champions 2013 held in Dalian, China.
£1.2 million for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome research16 September 2013Two new research projects that aim to advance treatment for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [CFS] or Myalgic Encephalopathy [ME], which affects an estimated 600,000 adults and children in the UK, have been awarded funding totalling nearly £1.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR].
Functioning ‘mechanical gears’ seen in nature for the first time12 September 2013Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect - showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. The juvenile Issus - a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.
A microbe’s trick for staying young12 September 2013While aging remains an inevitable fact of life, an international team involving researchers from the University of Bristol and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany has found that this is not the case for a common species of yeast microbe which has evolved to stay young.
University opens its doors for city-wide event11 September 2013Ever wondered what the city of Bristol looks like from the top of its highest landmark? The unrivalled view from the top of the Wills Memorial Building tower is just one of the unique sights which visitors are invited to experience as part of the University of Bristol’s contribution to the popular Doors Open Day event this weekend.
City welcomes 16,500 visitors for university open day10 September 2013Visitor numbers will peak in Bristol this weekend as 16,500 people flock to the city for the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open day on Saturday [14 September]. A wide variety of talks and displays will give visitors a taste of university life and the chance to see for themselves all that the University and city have to offer without having to miss a day of school, college or work.
£2million funding for Bristol-based WiFi company10 September 2013The University of Bristol’s SETsquared incubator has announced the first of its Enterprise Zone companies to successfully close a multi-million dollar funding round. Blu Wireless Technology has raised $3.1million (£2million) through angel investors and funding acceleration groups.
Breakthrough in cryptography could result in more secure computing9 September 2013A PhD student from the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science will present a paper at the 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2013) this week that could result in a sea change in how to secure computations.
Derek Parsons, 1933-20139 September 2013Derek Parsons, retired Lecturer and Departmental Administrator in Physics, died suddenly on 22 August. Professor Robert Evans offers an appreciation.
Archaeology meets art in Anglesey9 September 2013A University of Bristol and Welsh Rock Art Organisation (WRAO) art/archaeology project inspired by Neolithic rock engravings in North Wales has received funding under the European GestArt Project (GESTART - Artistic Gestures revisiting European Artistic Diversity and Convergence).
Quantum in the Cloud6 September 2013Thought only Google and Nasa had quantum computers? A first-of-its-kind project unveiled today, will allow you free, global access to a miniature quantum processor chip via the internet.
Stay healthy during pregnancy to keep lead levels low6 September 2013New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol shows that mothers who drank alcohol and coffee, smoked and had a coal fire in their home during pregnancy were likely to have higher levels of lead in their blood than women who didn’t. Dietary calcium and iron seemed to have a protective effect.
Building the Bristol Dinosaur5 September 2013Bristol's very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus will be brought to life on the city's Harbourside this autumn when local artist Robert Nicholls and Pedro Viegas from the University of Bristol build a full-size replica of the beast, based on the very latest scientific discoveries about how it would have looked when it roamed around Bristol 210 million years ago.
Robert Golding, 1953-20135 September 2013Bob Golding, a cleaner in the Richmond Building, has died. Liz Lynch, Site Services Manager, offers a tribute.
Engineering's first year internship success4 September 2013The first group of first year students to undertake an internship as part of a new scheme launched by the Faculty of Engineering Industrial Liaison Office have recently completed their summer work experience placements in engineering and technology companies.
Violent crime is having direct impact on the amount people are walking4 September 2013Violent crime in England is having a direct impact on the amount people are walking. These are the findings of a new study, led jointly by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Imperial College Business School and Monash, that examined the effects of violent crime on the physical activities of nearly a million adults.
Size really does not matter when it comes to high blood pressure3 September 2013Removing one of the tiniest organs in the body has shown to provide effective treatment for high blood pressure. The discovery, made by University of Bristol researchers and published in Nature Communications, could revolutionise treatment of the world’s biggest silent killer.
£283, 853 for study into marriage-related migration2 September 2013Researchers from the University’s School of Sociological, Political and International Studies (SPAIS) have been awarded £283, 853 to carry out a 26-month project looking at marriage-related migration.
What’s buzzing at the Botanic Garden?2 September 2013A Bee and Pollination Festival this weekend [Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September] at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden aims to highlight the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production.
How Emperor Penguins stay underwater for 27 minutes2 September 2013New research has revealed how the Emperor Penguin is able to dive to depths of over 500m and stay under water for up to 27 minutes – deeper and longer than any of its fellow avian species.
Robotic food helps scientists understand predators30 August 2013Dr Christos Ioannou at the University of Bristol has been awarded a five year research fellowship by NERC for the study of predator-prey relationships, using robotic prey to lure predatory fish.
Hidden life of Great George revealed29 August 2013Great George, the University of Bristol’s nine-and-a-half-ton bell, will be revealing more about its hidden life in the tower of the Wills Memorial Building as it becomes the latest addition to the city’s Hello Lamp Post! project.