The world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beam could pave the way for levitating humans22 January 2018Acoustic tractor beams use the power of sound to hold particles in mid-air, and unlike magnetic levitation, they can grab most solids, liquids or even small insects and food. For the first time University of Bristol engineers have shown that it is possible to stably trap objects larger than the wavelength of sound in an acoustic tractor beam. This discovery opens the door to the manipulation of drug capsules or micro-surgical implements within the human body. Container-less transportation of delicate larger samples is now also a possibility and who knows, this could be a step towards levitating humans.
New fleet takes to the road17 January 2018The University of Bristol and First West of England have launched a new fleet of buses for students, staff and the Bristol public.
The early bits of life17 January 2018How can life originate before DNA and genes? One possibility is that there are natural processes that lead to the organisation of simple physical objects such as small microcapsules that undergo rudimentary forms of interaction, self-organisation and information processing.
Engineering innovations to blow your mind in 201815 January 2018Bristol has a proud history of engineering innovations, from Brunel’s iconic suspension bridge to the technology behind mobile phones in the 70s. 2018 is the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
Professor Philip Pettit, 1925-201710 January 2018Philip Pettit, former Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro-Vice Chancellor, passed away on 28 November at the age of 92. His son, Charles Pettit, offers a remembrance.
Fire in the University’s Fry Building6 January 2018A fire broke out in our Fry Building at just after 5pm this evening [Saturday 6 January]. The building is currently undergoing refurbishment and was due to reopen in summer 2018.