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  • Students describe their research in a limerick - 27 February 2018

    Doctoral students at the University of Bath have been challenged to use their rhyming skills to describe their PhD research on social media in the form of a limerick.

  • Battery research to help super-charge electric vehicle revolution - 23 January 2018

    Researchers from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies are part of a consortium of academic and industry partners awarded Government funding to improve battery technology.

  • Wildlife conservation needs effective governance more than GDP or space - 20 December 2017

    Protecting an area for wildlife can work—but only if there is robust political governance. That’s the research conclusion of twenty-three years of bird counting by an international team of researchers, including a scientist from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and published in the journal Nature.

  • Cooking fats could be affecting cloud formation - 24 November 2017

    Fats released into the atmosphere from cookers such as deep fat fryers may be enhancing the formation of clouds, which have a major cooling effect on the planet.

  • Simple water test could prevent crippling bone disease - 14 November 2017

    Researchers from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Water Innovation & Research Centre have developed a simple colour-changing test for fluoride levels in water that tell you if the water is safe to drink. They are working with charity The Nasio Trust to develop a test that can be used in remote areas of Africa where high levels of fluoride in the drinking water causes the crippling bone disease fluorosis.

  • Testing wastewater could give early warning system for preventing epidemics - 16 October 2017

    New ‘water fingerprinting’ technology developed by researchers at the University of Bath to test a city’s water could soon be mitigating infectious disease, limiting the spread of antibiotic resistant “superbugs” such as E. coli, and enabling authorities to monitor the overall health of the public.

  • Children meet very hungry caterpillars to learn about evolution - 09 October 2017

    More than 60 local children came to the Milner Centre for Evolution to meet creepy crawlies and learn how to use a microscope for an evolution workshop, held in celebration of the topping out of the new building for the Centre.

  • Dino-killing asteroid sped up bird evolution - 21 September 2017

    The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused the evolution of birds to speed up, says a study co-authored by Dr Daniel Field at the Milner Centre for Evolution.

  • When estimating extinction risk, don’t leave out the males - 21 June 2017

    Extinction risk for some species could be drastically underestimated because most demographic models of animal populations only analyse the number and fertility of females, dismissing male data as ‘noise’. Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution found that population growth in birds was very sensitive to the ratio of males to females in a population, which has previously been shown to affect mating behaviour.

  • Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide - 13 June 2017

    Researchers from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies have developed a new type of sustainable, biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide. The plastic is a safer, BPA-free alternative to using petrochemicals.