Shape-shifting modular interactive device unveiled17 May 2016A prototype for an interactive mobile device, called Cubimorph, which can change shape on-demand will be presented this week at one of the leading international forums for robotics researchers, ICRA 2016, in Stockholm, Sweden [16-21 May].
Animal welfare initiatives improves feather cover of cage-free laying hens16 May 2016Recognised welfare outcome assessments within farm assurance schemes have shown a reduction in feather loss and improvement in the welfare of UK cage-free laying hens, according to the findings of a study from the AssureWel project by the University of Bristol, RSPCA and the Soil Association.
How to meet demand in bacterial ‘factories’13 May 2016The battle over bacterial resources is coming to an end, thanks to research from the University of Bristol. The study describes a new way to model productivity in bacteria used as mini-factories to produce valuable biological components such as insulin or new man-designed proteins.
£930,000 to develop new smoking cessation aids13 May 2016Chemists at the University of Bristol have been awarded £930,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop potential new aids to help smokers stop smoking.
Students explore urban landscapes at the RWA 12 May 2016A new exhibition of urban landscapes from the Royal West of England Academy’s (RWA’s) collection, selected by Masters students from the University of Bristol, opens next Thursday [19 May].
New innovations to combat resistant infections12 May 2016Two scientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded prestigious research grants to develop novel technologies that will help fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Colour constancy in chickens
11 May 2016Chickens can find the correct colour in redder lighting conditions, researchers from Lund University and the University of Bristol have found. Their study indicates that – like us – chickens have colour constancy (a feature of the colour perception system which ensures that the perceived colour of objects remains relatively constant under varying illumination conditions).
An enzyme enigma discovered in the abyss11 May 2016Scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Newcastle have uncovered the secret of the ‘Mona Lisa of chemical reactions’ – in a bacterium that lives at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
It is hoped the discovery could lead to the development of new antibiotics and other medical treatments.
Research on origins of life wins Three Minute Thesis prize10 May 2016PhD researcher Sam Briggs successfully summed up his research into the chemical origins of life to win the University of Bristol’s Three Minute Thesis competition, which challenges postgraduate students to present years of work that go into a PhD thesis in just three minutes.
New way of growing crystals discovered10 May 2016A new way to grow crystals has been discovered by researchers at the University of Bristol. The work is described in an article published in Nature Communications this week.
‘Facebook’ for mathematical functions aims to solve Riemann’s hypothesis10 May 2016A solution to the greatest unresolved problem in pure mathematics – Riemann’s hypothesis – could be coming closer, thanks to a remarkable international collaboration involving mathematicians from the University of Bristol and University of Warwick, part-funded by a £2.24million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
New research could help would-be A&E attendees9 May 2016New research funded by the British Red Cross and carried out by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol aims to discover what information will help people know what to do and where to go when a person is unwell.
How will people interact with technology in the future?9 May 2016New research that discusses how people will interact with technology in the future will be presented this week at one of the world’s most important conferences on human-computer interfaces, ACM CHI 2016, in San Jose, USA [7-12 May].
Experience new music in Bristol 6 May 2016This May, the Bristol New Music weekend returns for its second instalment, taking place across Colston Hall, St George’s Bristol and The Cube Cinema [Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May].
Data driven: researching the future of financial trading6 May 2016With automated trading systems transforming the face of financial trading, research into how to optimise the vast quantities of data being produced has never been more important. A new partnership between the University of Bristol and Thomson Reuters will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of this industry transformation.
Street science tackles implicit bias in science and society6 May 2016Over 160 female scientists will take their science to the streets of 13 UK cities across England, Wales and Scotland this summer for the Soapbox Science Festival. Now in its sixth year, Soapbox Science challenges perceptions of who a scientist is by celebrating diversity in women in science.
Exploring embodied human interaction in the virtual world6 May 2016Members of the public will have the opportunity to ‘become’ embodied energy fields within a virtual landscape as part of an interactive research residency by University of Bristol graduate student, Lisa May Thomas at the Arnolfini’s Dark Studio next week [Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 May].
Creating a vision for green healthy cities5 May 2016How can we green our cities to make them healthier and more sustainable places to live? A substantial grant awarded to a European collaboration, including researchers at the University of Bristol, will help to develop the best, most cost effective policies to get cities on the path to an environmentally friendly future.
A faster and cheaper way to produce new antibiotics 4 May 2016A novel way of synthesising a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists at the University of Bristol. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the researchers were able to increase production by more than 2,000 per cent.
University EU debate helps the West decide3 May 2016An audience at the University of Bristol was treated to a spirited debate on the pros and cons of remaining in the European Union by a quartet of political big-hitters on Friday.
New Fellows of the Royal Society29 April 2016Katharine Cashman, Professor of Volcanology in the School of Earth Sciences, and Professor David Lodge, Visiting Fellow in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology, have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world’s most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence: the Royal Society.