Which came first: the sponge or the comb jelly?30 November 2015Bristol study reaffirms classical view of early animal evolution.
Whether sponges or comb jellies (also known as sea gooseberries) represent the oldest extant animal phylum is of crucial importance to our understanding of early animal evolution.
University welcomes new Chevening scholars30 November 2015Bristol’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Hugh Brady, welcomed the new cohort of Chevening scholars at a reception hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law last week.
Smart Internet Lab could change our future30 November 2015A new research centre that could become a world leader in communications, digital and autonomous systems research will be launched at the University of Bristol today [Monday 30 November].
Bristol Brain Centre opens at Southmead Hospital27 November 2015The new Bristol Brain Centre, which brings together expertise from North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol, opened at Southmead Hospital on November 25.
The centre is the first of its kind in the country to bring together research teams in the areas of multiple sclerosis, dementia and movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s.
Big bucks for big questions26 November 2015The University of Bristol’s Particle Physics Group has been awarded a £3.5 million grant by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support the group’s work at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and elsewhere for the next four years.
The future is bright for Bristol after enterprise hub is named best in world25 November 2015A national university business incubator, with offices in Bristol’s Engine Shed, has been named as the best in the world after creating 9,000 new jobs and contributing £3.8 billion to the UK economy. SETsquared, which is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, was awarded the top accolade by UBI Global today [25 November].
Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight24 November 2015It has been known for more than 50 years that a mother who smokes whilst pregnant is more likely to give birth to her baby prematurely. But what if a mother doesn’t smoke but lives with someone who does? New research by academics from the University of Bristol has found women exposed to passive smoking, on average, deliver their babies earlier and with lower birth weights compared to unexposed women.
From lab bench to backbench 23 November 2015Two academics from the University of Bristol will be swapping a lab coat for legislation when they visit the House of Commons for a week in Westminster. The week (23-26 November) is part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society- the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.
A row-bot that loves dirty water23 November 2015Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, academics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have developed the Row-bot, a robot that thrives in dirty water. The Row-bot mimics the way that the water boatman moves and the way that it feeds on rich organic matter in the dirty water it swims in.
University enterprise leader secures top position23 November 2015Nick Sturge, Director of the Engine Shed enterprise hub and the University of Bristol’s SETsquared Centre, has been named as the new Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West regional chairman.
Polarization vision gives fiddler crabs the edge in detecting rivals23 November 2015Fiddler crabs use polarization vision to sense the approach of rivals, scientists at the University of Bristol have found. The research, carried out in Panama, is the first field-based evidence that animals use polarization vision to enhance the detection of objects.
Asylum seekers enjoy landmark moment20 November 2015Bristol-based asylum seekers enjoyed a real landmark moment in the city yesterday [19 November] when they visited the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building.
Fossil fireworm species named after rock musician19 November 2015A muscly fossil fireworm, discovered by scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum, has been named Rollinschaeta myoplena in honour of punk musician and spoken word artist, Henry Rollins.
Bristol team to help in the fight against superbugs 19 November 2015Researchers at the University of Bristol have received £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a trial looking at easing the pain of ear infections. This is part of a larger investment of over £15.8 million into research to tackle into drug resistant infections by the NIHR, the research arm of the NHS.
Inspiring the Ada Lovelaces of the future19 November 2015Over 100 pupils from across Bristol have been given a taste of higher education as the University of Bristol aims to inspire the Ada Lovelaces of the future.
Sea-level rise from Antarctic collapse18 November 2015A new study by scientists in the UK and France, including researchers at the University of Bristol, has found that Antarctic ice sheet collapse will have serious consequences for sea level rise over the next two hundred years, though not as much as some have suggested.
UK’s quantum hubs show future technology18 November 2015Bristol academics joined research teams from universities and companies around the country for the first Quantum Technology Showcase at the Royal Society in London last week, to exhibit new technologies being developed at the UK’s four Quantum Technologies Hubs.
Bristol research named as a World Changing Idea18 November 2015Fundamental research carried out by the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry into how chemical reactions happen in a liquid has been recognised as a World Changing Idea by Scientific American, the US’s leading popular science magazine.
How will robots change our lives?18 November 2015Will robots change the way people work, live and learn in the future? This question will be explored during European Robotics Week, which this year will be hosted by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaboration between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.
When did the Andes mountains form?18 November 2015The Andes have been a mountain chain for much longer than previously thought, new research from the University of Bristol suggests.
Commemoration for victims of conflict 18 November18 November 2015The University and Bristol SU invite staff and students to attend a commemoration from 5pm on Wednesday 18 November for all those who have lost their lives or been affected by acts of terrorism in Paris, Lebanon, Iraq, Kenya, Syria and elsewhere.
New Alzheimer’s disease drug trial opens across Scotland17 November 2015People with Alzheimer’s disease who live in Scotland are being asked to consider taking part in a ground-breaking government-funded trial. The trial is investigating if a drug normally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) has additional properties that could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with and without hypertension.
Bristol research team opens lab for World Diabetes Day 14 November 2015On World Diabetes Day [14 November] people around the world will be coming together to raise awareness of the condition, which now affects 3.9 million people in the UK. To mark the occasion, the University of Bristol’s Dr Kathleen Gillespie has opened her research labs and invited children and families living with Type 1 diabetes to hear about her ground breaking work in this area.
Take a closer look InsideArts13 November 2015The University’s Festival of the Arts and Humanities returns for a third appearance and kicks off on Monday 16 November for seven days of free performances, lectures, screenings, exhibitions and workshops.