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January 31, 2024
Geoscientists have uncovered a missing link in the enigmatic story of how the continents developed—a revised origin story that doesn’t require the start of plate tectonics or any external factor to explain their formation. Instead, the findings published last week in Nature Communications, rely...
January 16, 2024
In the name of “research,” science has often harmed Indigenous Peoples around the world. How can researchers ensure they are conducting their scientific work in a good way, that serves the Indigenous Peoples involved and does not burden Indigenous scholars? In a comment published in Nature Ecology...
January 11, 2024
AI language models are booming. The current frontrunner is ChatGPT, which can do everything from taking a bar exam, to creating an HR policy, to writing a movie script. But it and other models still can’t reason like a human. In this Q&A, Dr. Vered Shwartz (she/her), assistant professor in the...
January 10, 2024
Hummingbirds use two distinct sensory strategies to control their flight, depending on whether they’re hovering or in forward motion, according to new research by University of British Columbia (UBC) zoologists. “When in forward fight, hummingbirds rely on what we call an ‘internal forward model’—...
December 19, 2023
Toxic chemicals produced from oil emissions and wildfire smoke have been found in muscle and liver samples from Southern Resident killer whales and Bigg’s killer whales. A study published today in Scientific Reports is the first to find polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in orcas off the coast...
December 14, 2023
Dr. Jeremy Heyl, a leading expert on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes, has been appointed head of UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. His term begins January 1, 2024. The department is one of the largest and most diverse physics and astronomy units in Canada, teaching...
December 7, 2023
Four marine scientists are rowing 5,000 kilometres across the Atlantic to raise half a million dollars for ocean conservation. The all-woman ‘Salty Science’ crew is taking part in the World’s Toughest Row - Atlantic 2023, where teams row without stopping and without support from San Sebastian de La...
November 28, 2023
UBC climate experts are looking for action on fisheries, finance and renewable energy goals at the United Nations climate change conference, including the 28th Conference of Parties (COP). We spoke to four current and former COP delegates to ask what the world, and Canada, need to see come...
November 16, 2023
Two newly appointed, world-leading researchers with UBC Science have been named Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC). Dr. Kayla King has been appointed the CERC in Evolutionary Dynamics of Host-Pathogen Interactions, while Dr. Corey Stephenson, who will join UBC in 2024, will hold the CERC...
November 15, 2023
Eleven UBC Science-affiliated researchers have been listed among the most highly cited investigators worldwide in 2023 by Clarivate Analytics on November 15. The researchers have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers over the...

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