Understanding the copper heart of volcanoes9 February 2015The link between volcanism and the formation of copper ore has been discovered by researchers from the University of Bristol. Their findings, published today in Nature Geoscience, could have far-reaching implications for the search for new copper deposits.
Bristol Is Open to hit the ground running9 February 2015The city’s first joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol can begin thanks to approval at the city council’s cabinet last week [Tuesday 3 February]. Bristol Is Open received unanimous support from cabinet members and enables University research and council owned infrastructure to come together for the first time.
Bee summit aims to 'get Bristol buzzing'9 February 2015Over 100 delegates will gather in Bristol today [9 February] for the largest local summit of its kind, being held to help bees and other pollinating insects.
Bristol hosts Newton International Fellow6 February 2015Dr Bahareh Shirinfar is being hosted by the University after receiving a prestigious Newton International Fellowship from two of the UK’s leading research academies – the British Academy and the Royal Society.
Engineering student wins award for best composites paper5 February 2015Broderick Coburn, a PhD student at Bristol's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science, has received the American Society of Composites Best Student Paper in Composites award.
Donate, don’t ditch: election archive needs your political publicity5 February 2015With three months to go until the general election, the campaign trail is hotting up and election literature is being produced thick and fast. An archive of election material, believed to be the biggest of its kind, is urging the public not to throw away any publicity, but to help capture Britain’s political history.
How happy and healthy is your rabbit?3 February 2015Rabbits are the UK’s third most popular pet, after cats and dogs, with around 1.7 million kept as pets but very little is known about their quality of life. A new University of Bristol study has found although many pet rabbits are happy and healthy several issues, including living alone or with unsuitable animals, affect many rabbits.
Bristol offers research ‘tasters’ for practising vets2 February 2015The School of Veterinary Science, in association with the University’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, is offering veterinary clinicians an opportunity to spend six months doing research in Bristol’s medical labs.
Teocah’s top accolade from the Queen2 February 2015A recent University of Bristol student has a date with the Queen after being awarded a top honour in recognition of her outstanding voluntary work.
New book explores ‘this thing called literature’ 2 February 2015What is this thing called literature? Why should we study it? And how? A new book by Professor Andrew Bennett of the University of Bristol and Professor Nicholas Royle of the University of Sussex exploring these questions will be launched on Friday 6 February at Foyles Bookshop in Bristol.
Alfred Jewel comes under the spotlight2 February 2015The Alfred Jewel, one of the most precious objects from the Anglo Saxon era, will be the subject of a TV documentary by Professor Mark Horton of the University of Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Chemistry in a trillionth of a second29 January 2015Chemists at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with colleagues at the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU), can now follow chemical reactions in liquids with unprecedented, atomically resolved detail on sub-picosecond timescales (1 picosecond = 10-12s) – matching the time intervals between molecular collisions.
Steve Croker, 1958-201429 January 2015Steve Croker, former Teaching Laboratory Manager in the School of Chemistry, died on 12 December 2014. Professor Nick Norman pays tribute to an inspirational leader with a positive attitude in all aspects of life.
Bristol awarded share of £40 million investment for UK synthetic biology29 January 2015The University of Bristol has been awarded a share of £2.2 million as part of a new £40 million investment for UK synthetic biology. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the multi-million investment at the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology, where researchers are using the technology to investigate how to use bacteria in place of fossil fuels to produce the chemicals we need to manufacture a wide variety of everyday products from credit cards, to nappies, to Tupperware tubs.
Manchester United’s rising stars help Bristol researchers revolutionise heart health28 January 2015A new research project, led by University of Bristol academics, to identify the effects of exercise on young people’s hearts has been announced today [Wed 28 Jan 2015]. Manchester United’s Academy players are being put through their paces having their hearts monitored by the latest imaging technology to give invaluable insights into how young people’s hearts work while doing exercise.
Bristol gets smarter with launch of ground-breaking innovation project27 January 2015Bristol is set to see the launch of its first joint venture between the city council and the University of Bristol. In a move to combine University research and advanced technology with council owned infrastructure, the company will develop an innovative high-performance, high-speed network in Bristol.
Is glass a true solid?22 January 2015Does glass ever stop flowing? Researchers at the University of Bristol and Kyoto University have combined computer simulation and information theory, originally invented for telephone communication and cryptography, to answer this puzzling question.
Sampling the ‘grounding zone’ in Antarctica22 January 2015Using a specially designed hot-water drill to cleanly bore through a half mile of ice, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded team of researchers, including Professor Martyn Tranter of the University of Bristol, has become the first ever to reach and sample the ‘grounding zone’, where Antarctic ice, land and sea all converge.
New worldwide estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2 published 21 January 2015New global estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2 show that over 400-million people worldwide were infected with the virus in 2012. The estimates underline the extent to which herpes simplex virus type 2 – the virus which causes genital herpes – is widespread throughout the world causing a significant burden of disease. The research, led by University of Bristol academics and the World Health Organisation [WHO], is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Bristol geologist who modernised volcanology wins 2015 Vetlesen Prize20 January 2015Professor Stephen Sparks of the University of Bristol, a geologist whose work has improved understanding of how volcanoes work and our ability to forecast deadly volcanic eruptions, will receive the 2015 Vetlesen Prize, an award considered to be the Nobel Prize of the earth sciences.
Study advances knowledge of relatively unknown blood borne bacteria20 January 2015Haemoplasmas are a group of blood borne bacteria found in a wide range of mammals, including domestic and wild cats, and can cause severe anaemia. The findings of a new study have significantly advanced researchers’ knowledge of immunity for these pathogens.
Timber project to explore Shropshire’s medieval heritage16 January 2015A group of ancient timber-framed buildings in a North Shropshire village will be studied as part of a local history project led by Dr George Nash, Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol, and villager Alastair Reid. The village heritage team in the small hamlet of Tilley, 1.5km south of Wem, has been awarded £65,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the three year project.
Antiquity of dairying on Emerald Isle revealed16 January 2015As dairy farmers across Europe anxiously await the lifting of EU milk quotas in April this year, new research from the University of Bristol has revealed the antiquity of dairy farming in a region famous for its dairy exports: Ireland.
UK’s first independent research to monitor fracking15 January 2015Two University of Bristol academics are part of a UK consortium, led by the British Geological Survey (BGS), which will carry out research at two proposed hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) sites in Lancashire.
Get Bristol buzzing!14 January 2015'Get Bristol Buzzing', an initiative to make life better for pollinating insects in Bristol, launches today as part of the city’s year as European Green Capital.
Get hands-on with Digital Bristol Week14 January 2015Experts from the University of Bristol will be sharing their expertise and advice as part of Digital Bristol Week – a free programme of training, events, workshops and panels organised by the BBC.