Learn about your brilliant brain at the Bristol Neuroscience Festival10 March 2016Ever wondered how your brain controls movement or creates memories? The wonders and complexities of the human brain are being explained at a free festival of neuroscience, organised by the University of Bristol to give a unique insight into the power of our cleverest organ.
New book explores conflict landscapes from above9 March 2016The first book in a new series on material culture and modern conflict, co-edited by Professor Nicholas Saunders of the University of Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, will be published this week.
Rare respiratory disease gene carriers actually have increased lung function4 March 2016New research has revealed the healthy carriers of a gene that causes a rare respiratory disease are taller and larger than average, with greater respiratory capacity.
The disease, alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) can result in severely reduced lung capacity due to emphysema. It is found in about 1 in 2,000 people, and occurs when an individual inherits a defective gene copy from both parents.
Brian Pritchard Jones, 1929-20153 March 2016Brian Jones, who was the University Sub-Librarian with responsibility for the libraries of the Medical, Dental and Veterinary Schools until his retirement in 1989, has died aged 86. This memorial is written by Alexa and Alison Jones, together with former and current Library staff.
New insight into enzyme evolution3 March 2016How enzymes – the biological proteins that act as catalysts and help complex reactions occur – are ‘tuned’ to work at a particular temperature is described in new research from groups in New Zealand and the UK, including the University of Bristol.
The overlooked commotion of particle motion in the ocean2 March 2016Most aquatic species sense sound via particle motion, yet few studies on underwater acoustic ecology have included measurements of particle motion. In response, researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Leiden and CEFAS have developed a user-friendly introduction to particle motion, explaining how and when it ought to be measured, and provide open-access analytical tools to maximise its uptake.
Fear of Fracking: earthquakes linked to shale gas exploration cause house prices to fall2 March 2016Fear of fracking can have negative effects on the UK housing market around shale gas sites, economic researchers have warned.
The research team, from the University of Bristol, the London School of Economics and Duke University in North Carolina, carried out a study that found licensing and exploration had minimal impacts on house prices. However, two highly publicised minor earthquakes linked to exploratory fracking near Blackpool in 2011 caused a three to four per cent reduction in house prices nearby.
Special ambassador award for Professor Joe McGeehan1 March 2016Professor Joe McGeehan from the University of Bristol has been recognised for his long-standing contribution to Bristol’s technology sectors with a Special Ambassador Award at the inaugural Edge Awards 2016.
Bristol leading on quantum innovation1 March 2016The University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QETLabs) has set out to change the way quantum technologies are designed, developed and manufactured and to create a world-leading centre to train entrepreneurially-minded quantum engineers. Today [Tuesday 1 March] the Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson announced QETLabs has been successfully awarded funding of £9 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to make this happen.
Online forecast maps warns sheep farmers about risk of nematodirosis in lambs1 March 2016With spring fast approaching the parasite Nematodirus is a deadly threat to the lives of lambing flocks. An online risk forecast could help UK sheep farmers assess the risk of outbreaks of the parasite in their lambs and take action before it is too late. The forecast maps will be updated daily to track changes in risk throughout the spring and early summer and include treatment and management advice.
Why it’s good to eat your greens1 March 2016Research has found pre-school children whose parents considered them to be ‘picky eaters’ ate less dietary fibre, and were 30 per cent more likely to be constipated than those who were ‘never choosy’.
The research, conducted on a subsample of about 6,000 participants in Children of the 90s, found about 10 per cent were picky eaters at the age of two, and this rose to 15 per cent at age three.