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March 19, 2020
Sifting through diamond exploration samples from Baffin Island, Canadian scientists have identified a new remnant of the North Atlantic craton—an ancient part of Earth's continental crust. A chance discovery by geologists poring over diamond exploration samples has led to a major scientific payoff...
March 11, 2020
An award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will enable UBC biologist Patrick Keeling to conduct high-risk, high-reward research into how symbiotic microorganisms evolve, and how they serve critical roles in coral reef ecosystems. The $1.9 million grant is part of the Foundation's Symbiosis...
March 6, 2020
UBC researchers have received federal funding to help with the global COVID-19 response, including exploring the potential of mobile health apps and new anti-viral drug leads. “The outbreak of COVID-19 represents a significant issue for public health in Canada and around the world," says Gail...
February 28, 2020
UBC astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA’s Kepler mission. Over its original four-year mission, the Kepler satellite looked for planets, especially those that lie in the “...
February 24, 2020
New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA’s InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars. In a study published today in Nature Geosciences, scientists reveal that the magnetic field at the InSight landing site is ten times stronger than anticipated...
February 19, 2020
A quantum theory based on experiments that shook up the world of conventional physics 70 years ago has just passed a major test—this time in antimatter. In 1947, physicists led by Willis Lamb observed an incredibly small shift in the energy levels of the hydrogen atom as the atom’s electron and...
February 12, 2020
Diners may soon find more farmed oysters and fewer Atlantic salmon on their plates as climate change warms Canada’s Pacific coast. In a study published in Global Change Biology, researchers at the University of British Columbia looked at how climate change could impact 85 species of fish and...
February 6, 2020
Patrick Keeling, a botanist who studies protists, single-celled organisms with a complex evolutionary history, has been awarded UBC's top research accolade, the Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize. Keeling's work has uncovered clues into the evolution of the parasites that cause diseases such as...
February 3, 2020
Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick and how securely our money is stored in the bank. In a study published in Nature Physics, researchers...
January 27, 2020
Women who say that they strongly self-identify with mathematics are less likely than men to pursue a major in math. Why does this happen and how can we improve diversity in STEM fields? UBC mathematician Malabika Pramanik says that we need to first acknowledge this issue and then analyze the...

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