Bristol study resolves dispute about the origin of animals30 November 2017New research led by the University of Bristol has resolved evolutionary biology’s most-heated debate, revealing it is the morphologically simple sponges, rather than the anatomically complex comb jellies, which represent the oldest lineage of living animals.
Harmful effects of being overweight underestimated30 November 2017The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. The University of Bristol study is published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology today [Friday 1 December].
Feathered dinosaurs were even fluffier than we thought29 November 2017A University of Bristol-led study has revealed new details about dinosaur feathers and enabled scientists to further refine what is potentially the most accurate depiction of any dinosaur species to date.
Biology and chemistry combine to generate new antibiotics28 November 2017Combining the innovations of synthetic biology with biology and chemistry, a team of scientists at the University of Bristol have generated a brand-new platform that will allow the production of desperately needed brand-new antibiotics.
Sound-shaping tech start-up wins £10,000 backing fund24 November 2017Metasonics, a revolutionary sound technology company founded by two University of Bristol academics as a joint venture with the University of Sussex, has won this year’s New Enterprise Competition [NEC] and £10,000 funding.
GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for23 November 2017Online GP consultation systems may not be the silver bullet for reducing GP workload and patient waiting times that government policymakers are hoping for, NIHR-funded research from the University of Bristol has found. These systems offer the potential to revolutionise use of primary care, but only with careful implementation and effective marketing, the researchers concluded.
Every fish needs good neighbours21 November 2017New research has shown schooling fish constantly change who they decide to pay attention to and respond to one or two neighbours at a time. The study, published in PLOS Computational Biology, developed a new method combining behavioural analyses with a computer model to map the chain of direct interactions in a school of fish. The international research team, that includes the University of Bristol, found individual fish pay attention to its neighbours when the school moves together.
Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all21 November 2017Researchers from the UK and Netherlands have identified five distinct subgroups of eczema, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives.
‘Best practice’ domestic violence programme announces ambitious plans to expand 21 November 2017A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise today, with plans to scale up its activity and grow the programme across the UK and internationally.
Bristol wins grant to tackle antibacterial drug resistance in Thailand 16 November 2017The University of Bristol has been awarded a grant through the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) cross-research council initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health, to lead an inter-disciplinary research project to tackle the growing threat of antibacterial drug resistance (ABR) in Thailand.
Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications15 November 2017Multiband tunable antennas are a critical part of many communication and radar systems. New research by engineers at the University of Bristol has shown significant advances in antennas by using optically induced plasmas in silicon to tune both radiation patterns and operation frequency.
Arlene Gilpin, 1942-201715 November 2017Arlene Gilpin, Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education until her retirement in 2004, died recently. Her colleague Dr Philip Powell-Davies, an education and social development consultant, offers a remembrance.
Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare14 November 2017Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.
Exploring the environmental impact of conflict 14 November 2017A multi-disciplinary team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, is investigating the long-term environmental and social impact of conflict in dryland environments.
Antibiotic Discovery in the Abyss14 November 2017Combining the innovations of synthetic biology with robotic environmental sampling, a team of University of Bristol researchers are travelling to some of the most ‘extreme’ environments on Earth, including Atlantic depths of 4.5km, to find new leads which could help in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.