Speedy science students shortlisted27 March 2017A film produced by PhD students from the University of Bristol has been shortlisted for the BBC Focus Prize at this year’s Bristol Science Film Festival.
Bristol’s heritage and horticulture revealed 27 March 2017The rich horticultural history and biodiversity of some of Bristol’s most beautiful gardens will be revealed to the public through a series of guided tours and events, starting next month.
No 'weekend admission effect' for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS27 March 2017New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. In fact, the risk of death during the hospital stay was lower at the weekend than in the week. Only a delay to surgery; undergoing surgery on a Sunday, when provision for operations in many hospitals is less, being discharged from hospital on a Sunday; or out of hours were associated with an increased risk of death at 30 days.
Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells24 March 2017Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient scale than was previously possible.
Is there a link between telomere length and cancer?23 March 2017Telomeres are regions of repetitive DNA at the end of human chromosomes, which protect the end of the chromosome from damage. Whilst shorter telomeres are hypothesized biological markers of older age and have been linked to many diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases, whether these associations are causal is unknown.
Scientists look to AI for help in peer review21 March 2017Peer review is a cornerstone of the scientific publishing process but could artificial intelligence help with the process? Computer scientists from the University of Bristol have reviewed how state-of-the-art tools from machine learning and artificial intelligence are already helping to automate parts of the academic peer-review process.
Researchers to create biomimetic forebrain for 3D-printed robot hands21 March 2017A team of researchers is to develop a biomimetic forebrain for controlling 3D-printed robot hands with a sense of touch. They aim to create a biomimetic forebrain based on computer modelling of a mammal’s neural system that communicates touch in humans and animals, and use this to perform general manipulation tasks in robots.
Virtual Futures: Where is Virtual Reality taking us?20 March 2017Virtual Reality – or VR - has long been the idea of science fiction but now it is happening and the impact on society is potentially huge. The University of Bristol and the Digital Cultures Research Centre at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are sponsoring a special track at this year’s VR World Congress [Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 April] to encourage debate into what this may mean for everyone.
How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?16 March 2017Quantum computing will soon enter a revolutionary new age of quantum supremacy, in which quantum computers are expected to outperform the computational power of the classical ones, unlocking new applications and technologies such as designing new drugs and processing big data.
Bristol celebrates ten years of the ERC15 March 2017It may not be immediately apparent what volcanoes, artificial intelligence and the Arctic all have in common. Yet they are all subjects of ground-breaking University of Bristol research which was celebrated this week at an event to commemorate 10 years of the European Research Council.
Antibiotics not effective for clinically infected eczema in children14 March 2017Estimates suggest that 40 per cent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study involving academics from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children.
Researchers to develop ‘wearable’ robotic tools for surgery14 March 2017A collaborative team of researchers is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.
Bristol’s Brad Evans gets under the skin in Russell Brand’s new podcast14 March 2017Dr Brad Evans, from the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and Founder and Director of the Histories of Violence project, has been discussing the politics of violence with Russell Brand as the first guest on his new podcast, Under the Skin.
Young adults on the verge of a gambling habit14 March 2017Young males and people who use drink or drugs are at greater risk of developing a gambling habit, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Experts say it is an indication of an area that needs more attention if primary care services are to help those in need.
Computing with spiders’ webs13 March 2017Do spiders use their web as a computer? New research, led by the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, will look at spiders’ webs to investigate their computational capabilities and based on this research they will develop new sensor technology to measure vibrations and flow.
Speakezee celebrates Brain Awareness Week in schools13 March 2017Thousands of students from across the country will learn more about the human brain in a series of events led by University of Bristol academic Professor Bruce Hood. The talks mark Brain Awareness Week, which runs from 13 to 19 March.