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July 18, 2016
Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation. Now researchers have discovered that the tiny birds process visual information differently from other animals, perhaps to handle the demands...
July 15, 2016
UBC Science graduate student Karen Chan and biochemical engineer Christian Kastrup have developed a synthetic version of fibrin, opening up new possibilities for shoring up blood clots and helping internal wounds heal. Kastrup and Chan have created a polymer – a large, star-shaped molecule with...
July 11, 2016
An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is about 700 km in diameter— roughly one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island— and...
June 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. The finding, published today in Nature Chemistry, could have a big impact on devices that...
June 15, 2016
Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of new approaches to conservation. In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers at James Cook University and UBC conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries...
June 15, 2016
Fish catches won’t be able to meet the nutritional needs of the Earth’s population by mid-century, but a shift in management practices could save hundreds of millions of fish-dependent poor from malnutrition, according to a new analysis by researchers at Harvard, the University of British Columbia...
June 14, 2016
A virus that infects major freshwater bacteria appears to use stolen bits of immune system DNA to highjack their hosts’ immune response. Microbiologists have discovered that the virus, Cyanophage N1, carries a DNA sequence—a CRISPR—that is generally used by bacteria to fight off viral infection. “...
June 13, 2016
A Vancouver-born biomedical researcher who is a pioneer in experimental medicine with an established track record as a senior leader at U.S. universities has become the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, the university announced today at the Peter A. Allard...
June 7, 2016
UBC researcher and alumnus Harry Joe is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). The medal is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the field of statistics. Internationally renowned for his work on multivariate dependence modelling,...
June 6, 2016
New research from the University of British Columbia finds that rogue fishing vessels are able to secure insurance including those that have been flagged by international watchdogs for unlawful activity. “Restricting access to insurance could play a major role in ending illegal fishing, and right...

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