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COVID-19 update: Academic Year 2020/21 28 May 2020 The University of Bristol intends to open to students at all levels for the 2020/21 academic year and we look forward to welcoming both our new students and our returning students from the start of the autumn term.
- New COVID-19 study could help performers back on the stage 10 July 2020 The performing arts have been hit hard by the restrictions enforced during the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, singing has been identified as a potentially dangerous activity following the occurrence of clusters of COVID-19 cases, in several choirs around the world. Despite there being no clear evidence that these cases are linked to the activities themselves, singing and playing of woodwind and brass instruments has effectively been banned in many countries. A new collaborative study will explore whether singing and the playing of woodwind and brass instruments produces more respiratory particles than speaking and whether the size and temperature of a venue makes a difference to the generation and accumulation aerosol droplets and particles.
- Researchers make first steps toward a cure for HIV 9 July 2020 Researchers have developed a way to pull HIV out of the latent reservoir making the virus visible to the immune system and providing the potential to be killed by treatment.
- Student teams up with friends to launch lockdown travel guide for UK tourists 9 July 2020 A University of Bristol student has created a website which tracks the latest travel restrictions and guidelines as the UK begins to ease lockdown restrictions.
- Key dementia research facility protected thanks to BRACE 8 July 2020 One of the most important facilities supporting dementia research in the country will continue its help in the fight against the disease thanks to an award of 140,000 by Bristol dementia research charity BRACE.
- Bristol engineers pioneer project to protect Nepal’s future generations from earthquakes 8 July 2020 In 2015, a devastating earthquake in Nepal resulted in the loss of 9,000 lives, 3.5 million people left homeless and entire neighbourhoods flattened.
- How long to play dead in order to stay alive? 8 July 2020 Many animals remain motionless or play dead after being attacked by a predator in the hope that it will give up and move onto some other unfortunate prey.
- Charities join forces to understand how COVID-19 affects people with type 1 diabetes 7 July 2020 JDRF, the world's leading type 1 diabetes charity, is partnering with Diabetes UK to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people with type 1 diabetes.
- Report reveals the technology behind bank card gambling blockers works, but millions do not have access 7 July 2020 A new review of the availability, uptake, and effectiveness of bank card gambling blockers in the UK has found an estimated 28 million personal current accounts do not have the option to block gambling expenditure.
- Why it’s no last orders for the Tequila bat: DNA helps conservation of elusive bat 6 July 2020 Scientists studying the near threatened tequila bat, best known for its vital role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analysed its DNA to help inform conservationists on managing their populations.
- Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies 5 July 2020 Premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage treated with a brain washing technique pioneered by Bristol researchers have shown in a 10-year follow-up study, were twice as likely to survive without severe learning disability when compared with infants given standard treatment. The findings are published today [5 July] in the journal Archives of Diseases in Childhood.