Our Solar System

What exactly is a planet? Scientists propose improved definition

The proposal refines current definitions that require planets to be round bodies which orbit our sun and have ‘cleared’ their neighbourhoodsPlanetary scientists are proposing a new definition for what we can call a planet. If accepted, it would replace the current definition from 2006 that caused…

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    Chemists synthesize an improved building block for medicines

    July 2, 2024

    Chemists have overcome a major hurdle in synthesizing a more stable form of heterocycle—a family of organic compounds that are a common component of most modern pharmaceuticals.The research, which could expand the toolkit available to drug developers in improving the safety profiles of medications… read more

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    The mystery of the missing butterflies in Vancouver

    June 25, 2024

    A wet, cool spring and spraying for invasive insects may be the reasons behind a drop in butterfly sightings this year. iNaturalist, an online service where anyone can upload their pictures or observations of plants and animals, records about 400 observations of 22 species of butterflies in… read more

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    UBC Chemistry, EOAS welcome new leadership

    June 24, 2024

    Two of UBC’s largest science units will welcome new heads this summer, with Professor Laurel Schafer and Dr. Erik Eberhardt taking on the leadership of the departments of Chemistry and Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, respectively. Both appointments begin July 1, 2024. Professor Schafer,… read more

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