The Robot A-Team vital to the future of offshore wind and Net Zero15 July 2021One of the UK’s most ambitious robotics projects has proven the concept for robotic teams repairing offshore wind farms. The project paves the way for human-robot teams at wind farms within 10 years and wind farms designed for robotic maintenance by 2050 – a scenario that will be vital to the UK achieving its Net Zero targets.
Come and discover the fascinating relationship between pollinating insects and flowers1 July 2021How do bees visualise and interact with flowers? A summer art and science exhibition that uses a blend of the most innovative interactive technology, including augmented reality (AR), inspiration from 17th century Dutch flower paintings, and the latest scientific research on the symbiotic relationship of plants and insects, opens at the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden next week [Tuesday 6 July].
Dinosaurs were in decline before the end29 June 2021The death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was caused by the impact of a huge asteroid on the Earth. However, palaeontologists have continued to debate whether they were already in decline or not before the impact.
The humidity of flowers acts as an invisible attractor for bumblebees22 June 2021As well as bright colours and subtle scents, flowers possess many invisible ways of attracting their pollinators, and a new study shows that bumblebees may use the humidity of a flower to tell them about the presence of nectar, according to scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter.
GW4 takes a world leading One Health approach to tackling the antimicrobial resistance pandemic21 June 2021The GW4 Alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities – GW4) formally launched their new ‘One Health’ antimicrobial resistance research consortium this week [Wednesday 16 June]. The World Health Organisation cites antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the most significant risks facing the world. AMR threatens global health and development as it impacts on human, animal and plant health and also our environment, water safety and food security.
New £6.3M deep tech incubator set to open in Bristol27 May 2021A new 30,000 sq. ft Science Creates deep tech incubator is set to open in the heart of Bristol thanks to a £6.3 million investment from the University of Bristol, Research England, and private investors. Construction works on the new facility, that will house some of the city’s most innovative science and engineering companies, have reached the final phase.
Researchers find Greenland glacial meltwaters rich in mercury24 May 2021New research shows concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers and fjords connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet are comparable to rivers in industrial China, an unexpected finding raising questions about the effects of glacial melting in an area that is a major exporter of seafood.
Fascination of Plants Day: What are the important questions for plant science research?18 May 2021What are the most important challenges for plant science research? Today [18 May] is the first-ever virtual Fascination of Plants Day and researchers from the University of Bristol and The New Phytologist would like to find out from members of the public and academia, farmers, policy makers, funding bodies and industry what issues plant science research should tackle.
Cabot Institute Innovation Fund 2021 – apply now!11 May 2021We are delighted to announce the annual call for proposals to the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund. A total of ~£25K is available to share between projects under this call. This will be distributed between the highest-ranked projects.