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May 11, 2021
A new anti-viral drug could improve COVID-19 outcomes and survival rates — and is highly effective against multiple variants — according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Université de Sherbrooke. The drug, called N-0385, blocks the SARS-CoV-2 virus from...
May 6, 2021
People want control over what personal digital data is passed along after they die, along with tools to make it easier to do so, according to a new case study by computer science researchers at the University of British Columbia. On the other hand, people found the idea of creating AI-powered...
April 26, 2021
Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but what many may not realize is that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC. Acuitas Therapeutics, a UBC spin-off company co-founded by Dr. Pieter Cullis, developed the lipid nanoparticle technology...
April 13, 2021
While voice user interface agents like Siri and Alexa are now commonplace, their designers are still striving to make their conversation ever more natural. But what does ‘natural’ mean for a human-agent conversation? A new study by UBC computer scientists investigates what designers mean by ‘...
April 12, 2021
Scientists, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia, have discovered three liquid phases in aerosol particles, changing our understanding of air pollutants in the Earth’s atmosphere. While aerosol particles were known to contain up to two liquid phases, the discovery of an...
April 8, 2021
Last week members of the UBC Science community joined together in a community of care in support of faculty, staff and students impacted by increased anti-Asian violence and words of hate in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally. We can't express how profoundly disturbed we are by this...
April 5, 2021
Seafood is a pillar of global food security—long recognized for its protein content. But research is highlighting a critical new link between the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems and the micronutrient-rich seafood diets that help combat micronutrient deficiencies, or ‘hidden hunger’, in...
March 31, 2021
Researchers with the CERN-based ALPHA collaboration have announced the world’s first laser-based manipulation of antimatter, leveraging a made-in-Canada laser system to cool a sample of antimatter down to near absolute zero. The achievement, detailed in an article published today and featured...
March 30, 2021
New research in Nature Communications details the painstaking unraveling and reconstruction of a key protein in a single-celled, photosynthetic organism called a cryptophyte, a type of algae that evolved over a billion years ago. Up until now, how cryptophytes acquired the proteins used to capture...
March 11, 2021
The Canadian Mineralogist, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes papers from worldwide authors on all aspects of mineralogy, crystallography, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In typical Canadian fashion, the journal operates on a...

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