Bristol MP to visit University on pairing scheme24 January 2008Stephen Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, will visit Dr Daniela Schmidt from the Department of Earth Sciences on Friday 25 January as part of the MP-Scientist Pairing Scheme.
Why it pays to be choosy9 January 2008Given that cooperative individuals can often be exploited, it is not immediately clear why such behaviour has evolved. A novel solution to this problem demonstrates that when individuals in a population are choosy about their partners, cooperativeness is rewarded and tends to increase.
British proposal for Space Station modules9 January 2008UK engineers and scientists - with the support of the British Interplanetary Society - are urging the UK government to fire the public’s imagination and catch the vision for future space exploration by joining the International Space Station (ISS) programme.
Pygmy dinosaur inhabited Bristol’s tropical islands9 January 2008The celebrated Bristol Dinosaur, lived on subtropical islands around Bristol, instead of in a desert on the mainland as previously thought. This new research could explain the dinosaur’s small size (2 m) in relation to its giant (10 m) mainland equivalent. Like many species trapped on small islands, such as the ‘hobbit’ of Flores and pygmy elephants on Malta, the Bristol Dinosaur may have been subjected to island dwarfing.
SciAm 50: advances in ultra-measurement8 January 2008Research looking at the field of quantum metrology in which quantum mechanics is used to obtain highly precise measurements has been named at No 15 in Scientific American’s Top 50 outstanding technological leaderships of 2006-2007.
Cave bears from the Carpathians as omnivorous as modern bears8 January 2008Rather than being gentle giants, new research reveals that Pleistocene cave bears, a species which became extinct 20,000 years ago, ate both plants and animals and competed for food with the other contemporary large carnivores of the time such as hyaenas, lions, wolves, and our own human ancestors. The research is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA.
World wakes up to Clean Gum4 January 2008A recent article in The New York Times features Professor Terence Cosgrove and Clean Gum, the easy-to-remove chewing gum developed through the University’s spin-out company, Revolymer.
Intute wins Jason Farradane Award19 December 2007Intute, an online information service co-developed by the University’s Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), is the winner of the Jason Farradane Award 2007.
Sample a sport in the New Year19 December 2007The University Athletic Union is again offering staff and students taster sessions in a range of sports in January.
Research reveals exclusions in social housing19 December 2007Wide-ranging problems relating to social housing nominations and the knock-on effects on re-housing vulnerable households, including the homeless, are revealed in new research by the University of Bristol.
How to stay healthy this Christmas18 December 2007At Christmas it can be hard to stay healthy: the average Christmas dinner contains over 1,400 calories. Bristol University experts offer a few ideas for staying healthy and still having a good time.
Do everyday foods influence risk of prostate cancer?17 December 2007The biggest ever study on the effect of folate and vitamin B12 on prostate cancer is set to go ahead at Bristol University after World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) announced it would fund the project.
Bristol makes Time magazine's Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of the Year14 December 2007Research revealing the first fossil evidence that modern humans left Africa between 65,000 and 25,000 years has been named at No 8 in Time Magazine’s Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2007. The work was carried out by an international team of scientists, including Dr Alistair Pike of Bristol University.
LTSS January workshops for staff14 December 2007A summary of January workshops for staff, run by LTSS, to encourage the use of technology in learning, teaching and research at Bristol.
Chemists win national volunteering award13 December 2007Five PhD students in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have won a national volunteering award. The group, who are members of the Graduate Chemistry Association (GCA), won a Higher Education Student Volunteering Award for their outstanding commitment towards volunteering activities.
Improving treatment of atopic eczema12 December 2007A new guideline devised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is set to improve the management and treatment of atopic eczema in children. The guideline, developed by a group which included Bristol University’s Dr Sarah Purdy, contains the most comprehensive review and analysis of available evidence on ways to improve the quality of life of both children and their parents when managing this very common condition.
Student identifies enormous new dinosaur12 December 2007The remains of one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs ever found have recently been recognized as representing a new species by a student working at the University of Bristol.
Morphine: comfort for the dying or control for the living?11 December 2007Cancer patients are suffering unnecessarily because they wrongly believe that morphine and other opioids are only used as “comfort for the dying” and as a “last resort” rather than seeing them as legitimate pain killers that can improve their quality of life.
Looking for an alternative to Christmas shopping this lunchtime?10 December 2007Over 120 staff and students at the University, together with local school children and members of the public, will be celebrating International Human Rights Day today by taking part in a 29-hour readathon of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez.
Science shines at Bristol7 December 2007All four of the departments at the University of Bristol that were included in a rigorous assessment of postgraduate programmes in 500 science departments at 250 universities in 20 European countries have been awarded medals and given ‘top group’ ranking. One of the departments, Chemistry, has gone further and achieved rare ‘excellence group’ status.
Pupils team up for a festive sports day6 December 2007Pupils from Teyfant Community School, Hartcliffe, will join Bristol University students and staff today [6 December] for a festive themed sports day at the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health.
Easy come easy go5 December 2007New research by the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol provides firm evidence of a major shift in attitudes towards borrowing in recent years.
University gets new deputy chief4 December 2007David Clarke, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law, has been appointed to the new role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
Precision without entanglement4 December 2007The viewpoint by a University of Bristol academic on a recent experiment, which shows that exotic quantum processes are not necessary to reach the ultimate limits of measurements, is reported in the international journal Science.
Third Gold Award for University big band4 December 2007The Hornstars – the University’s big band – won a Gold Award for the third year in a row at the National Concert Band Festival regional competition in Chepstow.
Have new arrangements improved access to GPs?4 December 2007Advanced Access, a new approach to booking appointments with GPs, provides slightly faster access to an appointment, according to research carried out by the University of Bristol. However, patients in practices that have adopted the system found it harder to book appointments in advance.