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2011-03-23 14:16:06

Collaboration between mobile phone users can speed up communications Applications on modern wireless devices make demands on data rate and connectivity far beyond anything experienced in the past. One way to meet these stringent requirements is to give the device multiple antennas or multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology. The problem of physically accommodating these additional antennas in the latest consumer products is investigated in new research from the University of Bristol....

2011-03-17 20:14:28

What is the meaning and nature of active play for today's children in the UK? New research suggests that promoting active play in children's leisure time could increase the physical activity of today's children, but that such strategies might need to be tailored according to gender. The paper, 'What is the meaning and nature of active play for today's children in the UK?' by Rowan Brockman and colleagues in the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences within the School for Policy...

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2011-03-09 14:55:00

Avian maternal response to chick distress A study has gained new insight into the minds of domestic hens, discovering, for the first time, that domestic hens show a clear physiological and behavioral response when their chicks are mildly distressed. The research by academics at the University of Bristol's Animal Welfare and Behavior research group, and funded by the BBSRC Animal Welfare Initiative, is published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The study is the first to...

2011-03-03 12:35:57

All night long, bats swoop over our landscape consuming insects, but they do this in secret, hidden from our view.  Until recently, scientists have been unable to bring their ecosystem out of the dark but thanks to new genetic techniques, researchers from the University of Bristol and Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Canada, have been able to reconstruct the environment supporting these elusive creatures. Working at three sites in Southern Ontario (Canada) the team of students and...

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2011-03-03 08:45:00

The depression and anxiety that result after a woman has a miscarriage can persist for many years, even if the mother goes on to have healthy offspring, according to a new study published online Thursday by the British Journal of Psychiatry. Using the University of Bristol's Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) as a basis for their studies, Dr. Emma Robertson Blackmore of the University of Rochester Medical Center and her colleagues analyzed more than 13,000 pregnant...

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2011-03-02 09:25:19

A research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol has demonstrated the quantum operation of new components that will enable compact circuits for future photonic quantum computers. Quantum computers, holding the great promise of tremendous computational power for particular tasks, have been the goal of worldwide efforts by scientists for several years. Tremendous advances have been made but there is still a long way to go. Building a quantum computer will require a large number...

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2011-02-28 09:47:50

The growth in the demand of smartphones has highlighted the complexities of wireless communications through problems of reduced sensitivity when the user holds some devices. New research has been investigating this problem, along with developing new solutions to overcome the loss of connectivity. The study by academics in the field of antennas and propagation in the University of Bristol's Centre for Communications Research (CCR) is published in the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless...

2011-02-15 00:02:56

The specialist deblistering & leak testing company, Sepha Ltd. has won a major, new contract to supply an international consortium involved in a ground-breaking water testing project called Aquatest. The project involves the production of a simple, hand-held water testing device. The initial contract will see Sepha form, seal and leak test 50,000 blister packs containing Aquatest's active ingredients. The company will use their innovative blister packing and leak testing machines, EZ...

2011-01-24 15:41:58

Pioneering neurosurgical treatment, a world first in Bristol, which very accurately targets brain networks involved in depression, could help people who suffer with severe and intractable depression. The research led by Dr Andrea Malizia, Consultant Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Mr Nikunj Patel, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at North Bristol NHS Trust, are pioneering a number of treatments including...

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2011-01-18 11:40:00

Boys and girls who take part in physical activity with their best friend in the neighbourhood where they live have higher levels of physical activity, new research has found. With many children not doing enough physical activity the findings could help with the UK's current health care concerns. The study examined the extent to which the physical activity modelling and physical activity actions of best friends are associated with the physical activity of 10- to 11-yr-old children. The paper,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.