Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories13 October 2017The recent intense hurricanes in the Atlantic have sharply focused attention on how climate change can exacerbate extreme weather events. Scientific research suggests that global warming causes heavier rainfall because a hotter atmosphere can hold more moisture and warmer oceans evaporate faster feeding the atmosphere with more moisture.
Blueprint for shape in ancient land plants8 December 2016Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge have unlocked the secrets of shape in the most ancient of land plants using time-lapse imaging, growth analysis and computer modelling.
Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Award Winners 20161 December 2016The winners of this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards, which showcase the diverse and important contributions that Bristol research makes to society, were announced at the Strategy Launch on 29 November.
Bristol Is Open wins smart cities award30 November 2016Bristol Is Open won The Smart Cities Award at a prestigious ceremony last night [Tuesday 29 November]. The project, which is a joint venture between the University and Bristol City Council, was one of four nominees in the Smart Cities category at the World Communications Awards (WCA).
Keeping Bristol buzzing – action plan for the next four years29 November 2016An updated version of the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy, a key element of the Get Bristol Buzzing initiative which aims to make life better for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects in the local area, has been launched.
‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed25 November 2016New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.
University shines with double sustainability win21 November 2016Last week the University won both the Green Gown Award for student engagement and, for the second year in a row, the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Environmental Public Sector Award.
Flawed analysis casts doubt on years of evolution research24 October 2016Years of research on the evolution of ancient life, including the dinosaurs, have been questioned after a fatal flaw in the way fossil data is analysed was exposed by scientists from the universities of Reading and Bristol.
Join the debate and help shape modern urban living18 October 2016People living in Bristol will have the opportunity to debate the challenges of modern urban living and help improve the city’s health, well-being and prosperity at a free event tomorrow.
Predicting jellyfish 'invasions' at coastal power stations12 October 2016Scientists at the University of Bristol are working with the energy industry to develop an 'early warning tool' to predict the sudden, en masse appearance of jellyfish swarms which can cause serious problems by clogging the water intakes of coastal power plants.
Diamond radiation detectors developed29 September 2016Miniature diamond detector system developed in Bristol allows for the accurate measurement of high radioactivity in physically challenging environments.
New Hub opens for nuclear energy research and education12 September 2016A new Hub for nuclear energy that will become a leading centre in the South West for academic research, education and innovation was officially opened by The Cabot Institute’s Prof. Tom Scott at the University of Bristol on Monday 12 September.
What happens in your garden at twilight?31 August 2016Why do some flowers, such as evening primrose, shimmer at dusk while others close at night and why are some flowers brightly coloured and release scents during the day while others are pale and only reveal their perfume in the evening? A Festival this weekend will answer these questions together with explaining how bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds are vital for people and the planet.