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September 10, 2019
Two UBC zoologists, a mathematician investigating differential equations, and a fisheries economist have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. The four are among nine UBC researchers recognized by the Society this year, and join the almost 40 UBC Science researchers elected to the RSC since...
September 9, 2019
Russ Algar researches luminescent materials for a variety of uses—including point-of-care diagnostics. The UBC chemist is combining materials that emit light when stimulated and smartphone technology to develop inexpensive, uber-portable medical tests. What are point-of-care diagnostics? Currently...
September 4, 2019
Three new viruses—including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish—have been discovered in endangered Chinook and sockeye salmon populations. While the impact of the viruses on salmon health isn’t yet known, all three are related to viruses that cause serious disease in other...
September 3, 2019
A few years before NASA astronaut Jessica Meir began learning to fly a spacecraft for her upcoming trip to the International Space Station, she was in flight-training of a different kind: teaching bar-headed geese how to fly in a wind tunnel at the University of British Columbia. The goal was to...
August 28, 2019
Low-cost, active teaching techniques—particularly group work and worksheets—substantially improve learning in university science classes, according to a new study involving 3,700 University of British Columbia (UBC) biology students. "Many university STEM classes continue to rely on conventional...
July 25, 2019
University of British Columbia (UBC) and University of Paris researchers have used an abundant and low-cost catalyst to efficiently transform carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a stable, industrial gas. The research—published today in Science—describes a fundamentally different way to develop...
July 23, 2019
Two Canadian mines will pilot University of British Columbia-led research that combats greenhouse gas emissions by trapping carbon dioxide in mine tailings, the waste left over from ore mining. The technology could drastically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of mining operations and result in...
July 19, 2019
UBC research designed to turn ‘black liquor’—a by-product of pulp and paper manufacture—into consumer goods has received funding from Genome BC and the BC Pulp and Paper Bio-Alliance. The project, led by UBC microbiologist Lindsay Eltis and valued at $500,000, will develop biological methods that...
July 18, 2019
Researchers have made the first direct measurements of CO2 levels in the digestive tract of live fish — uncovering levels much higher than the fish would experience under climate change scenarios or aquaculture. “There’s a lot of debate regarding how elevated water CO2 levels impact the survival of...
July 17, 2019
Playing a Pokémon-like card game about ecology and biodiversity can result in broader knowledge of species and a better understanding of ecosystems than traditional teaching methods, like slideshows, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.   An open-source...

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