New radio series explores animal welfare and animal rights7 December 2015What is the moral status of animals? This question is one that can polarise and divide and will be addressed in a unique way by Christine Nicol, Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol as part a four-part series called Would You Eat an Alien?, on BBC Radio 4 starting this week [Wednesday 9 December].
Discovery of stress-induced emotional fever in fish4 December 2015Fish react emotionally to stress, indicating a degree of consciousness, a ground-breaking new study, led by scientists at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and co-authored by Professor Toby Knowles of the University of Bristol, has found.
Sharing the testimonies of victims of unconsented sterilisation in Peru 4 December 2015The Quipu Project, a transmedia documentary project which highlights the experiences of over a quarter of a million people (mainly women, but including around 20,000 men) who were sterilised in Peru in the mid-1990s, launches on Thursday 10 December with events in Bristol, England and Lima, Peru.
Professor David Smith, 1951-20152 December 2015David Smith, Professor of Engineering Materials at Bristol, died last month. His colleagues and friends Martyn Pavier and Chris Truman offer a remembrance.
£4.6M boost for future biomedical research leaders2 December 2015The future of biomedical research in the UK will receive a vital boost thanks to a new collaborative PhD training programme worth £4.6 million. Largely funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the new award to the GW4 Alliance – comprising the University of Bristol, University of Bath, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter – will fund more than 50 postgraduate research students over the next three years.
Dogs needed for study to investigate neck pain1 December 2015Owners of one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are being asked by researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences to take part in a study to investigate a novel method of assessing neck pain in dogs.
Revealed – the single event that made complex life possible in our oceans1 December 2015The catalyst that allowed the evolution of complex life in Earth's oceans has been identified by a University of Bristol researcher.
Up to 800 million years ago, the Earth’s oceans were deprived of oxygen. It was only when microorganisms called phytoplankton, capable of performing photosynthesis, colonised the oceans – covering two thirds of our planet – that production of oxygen at a massive scale was made possible.