Large number of cats and dogs carry fleas with high levels of bacteria
10 May 2019As many as one in four cats and one in seven dogs are carrying fleas, and about 11 per cent of these fleas are infected with potentially pathogenic bacteria, according to a large-scale analysis of owned animals in the UK. Flea bites can be painful and can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs which is why the Big Flea Project findings highlight the need to re-educate pet owners on flea prevention.
Stress in early life could make people more likely to develop depression8 May 2019New research by the University of Bristol has found that early life adversity could make an individual more at risk of developing negative thinking, which could lead to major depressive disorder (MDD). The findings provide biological and psychological evidence to support work first proposed in the 1960s.
Peony garden opens at Botanic Garden8 May 2019With medicinal uses and many layers of symbolism peonies are one of the most important plants in Chinese culture. A new peony garden, which is unique to the West Country, will open at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden this Sunday [12 May]. The garden is the first stage of a planned Chinese Culture Garden, an extension of the Chinese Herb Garden, which was unveiled in 2010.
Bristol academic awarded Future Leaders Fellowship7 May 2019Dr Adam Perriman from the University of Bristol's School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine has been named as one of the recipients of the UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) new Future Leaders Fellowships. The initiative, which aims to support the very best early career researchers and innovators to help them tackle global challenges, was announced today [Tuesday 7 May] by Chris Skidmore, Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
University of Bristol and Yale ‘happiness Professors’ reunite for public happiness talk3 May 2019Having been the first in the UK to pioneer the exceptionally popular ‘Science of Happiness’ course, the University of Bristol’s Professor Bruce Hood is set to be joined by Professor Laurie Santos of Yale University, to give a free public lecture called Science of Happiness and The Good Life [6pm, 10 May at Priory Road Lecture Theatre, Bristol].
Statement following the inquest of Ben Murray2 May 2019Any student death is a tragedy that hits at the very heart of our community. We are very sorry that Ben’s family feel that the support the University offered to Ben was not enough and we really want to understand how we can give the best possible support when students need help.
Chewing versus sex in the duck-billed dinosaurs2 May 2019The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs. But why were these 2-3 tonne giants so successful? A new study, published in Paleobiology, shows that their special adaptations in teeth and jaws and in their head crests were crucial, and provides new insights into how these innovations evolved.
Creative Reactions: where science meets art2 May 2019Around 100 scientists and artists will be exploring the relationships between science and art using sculptures, wood carvings, canvas, and digital art, as part of this year’s Creative Reactions Bristol.
Experience the weird and the wonderful at the cutting edge of Bristol’s research 2 May 2019Eavesdrop on crocodiles, churn butter in a Roman kitchen and explore Earth before the dinosaurs lived on it — just some of the exciting activities that members of the public can experience during Research without Borders, the University of Bristol’s free public festival of postgraduate research, which includes a day-long showcase at Colston Hall on 15 May.
How both mother and baby genes affect birth weight 1 May 2019The largest study of its kind, which has used genetic information from Bristol's Children of the 90s, has led to new insights into the complex relationships surrounding how mothers’ and babies’ genes influence birth weight.
The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees1 May 2019For the very first time, researchers from the University of Bristol have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the whole year and revealed hungry gaps when food supply is not meeting pollinator demand. This novel finding reveals new ways of making farmland better for pollinators, benefitting the many crop plants and wildflowers that depend on them.