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.
Major prize for Senegalese film10 March 2017A Senegalese film, which recently premiered in the UK thanks to funding from the University of Bristol, has won a major award.
CRUST adds new layer of defence against earthquakes and tsunamis 10 March 2017The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six years ago this Saturday [11 March].
Strategic agreement set to tackle technology challenges9 March 2017The University of Bristol has been chosen by global technology company Thales Group to be its first strategic partner university in the UK, in a move which will lead to new research and education opportunities.
Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys8 March 2017About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today [8 Mar], which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children. The study of 611 looked after children produced some positive results with 83 percent of children saying that being in care had improved their lives. Compared to the general population more looked after children felt safe at home, liked school and felt their carers were interested in their education. However, nearly one in five young people aged between 11-18 yrs had low well-being and needed much more support.
Scientists discover how animals measure time of year to reproduce7 March 2017Animals need to measure the time of year so that they can anticipate and adapt to the arrival of a new season to align reproduction, as well as other vital functions critical for survival. A new study, conducted at the University of Bristol, has identified how animals measure annual time to control seasonal fertility.
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees 6 March 2017A report which outlines how local organisations have made life better for bees and pollinating insects in Bristol and the surrounding area over the last two years will be published tomorrow [March 7] to coincide with a meeting of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership at the SS Great Britain.
Online forecast maps warns sheep farmers about risk of Nematodirosis in lambs1 March 2017With spring fast approaching the parasite Nematodirus is a deadly threat to the lives of lambing flocks. An online risk forecast could help UK sheep farmers assess the risk of outbreaks of the parasite in their lambs and take action before it is too late. The forecast maps will be updated daily to track changes in risk throughout the spring and early summer and include treatment and management advice.
Bristol to improve signposting to specialist support for domestic violence and abuse in UK military families
1 March 2017The University of Bristol has been awarded a grant of £46,938 by the Forces in Mind Trust for a 15-month study to investigate domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in UK military families. The research will investigate what criteria might constitute specialist DVA provision for this group, and what service providers, if any, already meet these criteria, in order to help improve signposting to the service providers best placed to meet the needs of UK military families suffering DVA.
Shedding new light on the evolution of the squid1 March 2017Octopus, cuttlefish and squid are well known in the invertebrate world. With their ink-squirting decoy technique, ability to change colour, bizarre body plan and remarkable intelligence they highlight that lacking a back-bone doesn’t always mean lacking sophistication.
Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely28 February 2017An international team of researchers has demonstrated that key processes in models used for the global assessment of water resources for climate change are currently missing. This could mean climate change impact models are wrong in some parts of the world and cannot yet be used to guide water management.
Brain stimulation used in world first treatment of high blood pressure27 February 2017A Bristol team has used a deep brain stimulation technique to dramatically reduce a woman’s high blood pressure – the first time in the world the procedure has been carried out for hypertension. The discovery raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant hypertension.
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets27 February 2017Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the 'below 2°C' target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Sound-shaping super-material invented27 February 2017A super-material that bends, shapes and focuses sound waves that pass through it has been invented by scientists. The creation pushes the boundaries of metamaterials – a new class of finely-engineered surfaces that perform nature-defying tasks.
Bristol and BT collaborate on massive MIMO trials for 5G wireless24 February 2017The quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, National Instruments (NI), and BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services.
Turning the lens on the BBC’s Natural History Unit24 February 2017A new Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project at the University of Bristol is looking at the world of wildlife filmmaking over the last twenty-five years. It focuses on the story of the world-famous BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, and the Unit’s wider cultural impact.
Sue Yeo, 1955 - 201723 February 2017Sue Yeo, who worked as a digital operator within Print Services, died on 10 January 2017. Her colleague Amanda Gallacher offers a tribute.