University of Bristol

Can science predict a hit song?

Most people remember listening to the official UK top 40 singles chart and watching the countdown on Top of the Pops, but can science work out which songs are more likely to 'make it' in the chart? New research has looked ...

Dec 17, 2011 4.6 / 5 (5) 4 | with audio podcast

Breakthrough: 'Global warming gene'

The molecular mechanism which makes some plants grow more rapidly when the temperature rises has been identified by researchers at the University of Bristol in a paper published today in Proceedings of th ...

Nov 29, 2011 5 / 5 (4) 7 | with audio podcast

Seven steps to 'billion dollar' drugs

(Phys.org) -- A highly efficient method for making prostaglandins -- natural, hormone-like chemicals that have pharmaceutical applications -- is reported by University of Bristol scientists this week in Nature. Some synthe ...

Aug 15, 2012 5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Exploring dinosaur growth

Tracking the growth of dinosaurs and how they changed as they grew is difficult. Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists from Beijing, Bristol, and Bonn have shown ...

Jun 28, 2013 4 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

Sex matters for microbes

Caught in the act! Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness. This tropical disease is caused by trypanosomes, single-celled ...

Jan 03, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast