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Extreme weather experts are using a station perched atop a UBC building and high-performance computers to provide tailored forecasts for the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, being hosted at UBC this week. UBC researcher Roland Stull and his team are gathering the observations from equipment...
An international team of researchers have been monitoring the “heartbeats” of baby stars to test theories of how the Sun was born 4.5 billion years ago. In a paper published in Science magazine today, the team of 20 scientists describes how data from two space telescopes – the Canadian Space Agency...
A new biosensor invented at UBC could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials. It works by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. "Nature has already invented microbial...
Roger Beckie -- an internationally recognized groundwater hydrologist -- has been appointed head of the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, 2014 for a five-year term. Beckie earned his PhD at Princeton University in 1992 and joined UBC the same...
The University of British Columbia has received a $2 million donation from The RBC Foundation in support of a number of sustainability projects across its Vancouver campus. The gift, part of UBC’s start an evolution campaign, will be split evenly between The Centre for Interactive Research on...
The FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12, will capture the attention of hundreds of millions of soccer fans. It will also pique the interest of economists and computer scientists who study game theory, the study of strategic decision-making. Game theorists have studied penalty kicks and found...
Four members of the UBC Science community have been recognized for their outstanding service to the University with President’s Staff Awards. The awards recognize personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University. Eleven PSAs were awarded this year. Carola...
Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia. The study found fish and aquatic life remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every...
Pre-class assignments, small group discussions and clicker quizzes improve students' ability to grasp tricky first-year calculus concepts, according to a new study by UBC researchers.   Students taught in such active-engagement classes were 10 per cent more likely to understand key concepts on...
The Greenish Warbler, long considered an idealized example of a single species that diverged into two as it expanded its range, has a much more checkered family history than biologists previously realized.  Ring species are a continuous loop of related populations, each adapted to its local...

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