Professor Ronald Milne, 1930-20143 March 2014Ronald Milne, former Dean of Engineering and a major contributor to research in aeronautics, died recently. Professor Gareth Padfield and Professor Dick Clements offer a tribute.
Species matters in a noisy world3 March 2014Fish exposed to increased noise levels consume less food and show more stress-related behaviour, according to new research from the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter. However, the way fish decreased their food intake differed between the two British species tested.
Women’s work celebrated in Bristol
28 February 2014A University of Bristol event at the Watershed this Friday 7 March will celebrate women, work and value in Europe from 1945-2015.
Queen's Anniversary Prize28 February 2014Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, has been presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education on behalf of the University in a ceremony held at St James’s Palace yesterday [27 Feb].
Competition breeds new fish species28 February 2014Size differences among fish and competition for breeding space lead to the formation of new species, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Communications.
New research reveals role of methionine in enzyme catalysis26 February 2014The first convincing evidence that the amino acid methionine plays a role in catalysis in an enzyme has been uncovered by researchers from the University of Bristol. Previously, it was thought that methionine was only involved in structure and binding, not in making reactions happen in enzymes.
Why do some neurons respond so selectively to words, objects and faces? 26 February 2014Some neurons in the brain respond to words, objects and faces in a highly selective manner, consistent with the so-called 'grandmother cell' theory whereby a particular neuron activates when a person sees, hears or otherwise senses a specific entity, such as his or her grandmother. For example, a neuron in a human was found to respond to images of Jennifer Aniston but not to other people, objects or scenes.
NICE calls for greater awareness about domestic violence and abuse26 February 2014Domestic violence and abuse can affect anyone, both women and men regardless of their age or where they are from. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says there needs to be a wider understanding in health and social care, as well as in society as a whole, about how we can help people experiencing it.
Scientists sought to help put science in the news25 February 2014The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2014 Media Fellowship scheme, which gives scientists a chance to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
New insights into the origin of birds24 February 2014The key characteristics of birds which allow them to fly – their wings and their small size – arose much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield into the Paraves, the first birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives which lived 160 to 120 million years ago.
Experience new music in Bristol this weekend 20 February 2014A showcase of new and experimental music takes place in Bristol this weekend [Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February 2014]. This tightly packed and stimulating programme of events, the first venture of Bristol New Music, will feature some of the best new music on the international arts scene.
Molecular biology mystery unravelled18 February 2014The nature of the machinery responsible for the entry of proteins into cell membranes has been unravelled by scientists, who hope the breakthrough could ultimately be exploited for the design of new anti-bacterial drugs.
Dr Yon Richard Mayhew, 1924-201317 February 2014Dr Yon (‘John’) Mayhew, who taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for some 40 years, died in late 2013. Professor Robert Adams offers a tribute to an engineer who co-authored a highly influential textbook on engineering thermodynamics.
Sports writers take new look at language of sport17 February 2014Leading sports writers, academics and translators will discuss the practise of sports writing and its relationship to sporting cultures at the University of Bristol on 21 February.
Tony Philpott, 1938-201414 February 2014Generations of Bristol Geography staff and students will learn with sadness of the death in January of Tony Philpott at the age of 75. Emeritus Professor Peter Haggett offers a tribute.
First leg of Antarctic iSTAR mission accomplished13 February 2014A team of British scientists, including Dr Stephen Cornford from the University of Bristol, has returned from a 1,500km journey across the ice of West Antarctica after successfully completing the first leg of their groundbreaking mission.
From surf to turf: archaeologists and chemists trace ancient British diets12 February 2014Studies of old rubbish dumps and dirty dishes have revealed that, 6,000 years ago, ancient Britons gave up their passion for fish to begin a love affair with milk. The research by archaeologists and chemists from the University of Bristol and Cardiff University is published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
EU Commissioner tells ‘inconvenient truth’ about migration11 February 2014A full-house gathered at the University of Bristol to hear a senior EU official defend the free movement of migrant workers within the EU, urging people to accept the ‘inconvenient truth’ that labour mobility benefits the economy.
New research sheds light on how the body regulates fundamental neuro-hormone11 February 2014New research has revealed a previously unknown mechanism in the body which regulates a hormone that is crucial for motivation, stress responses and control of blood pressure, pain and appetite. The breakthrough could be used to design drugs to help fight health problems connected with these functions in the future.