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November 4, 2019
Scientists at the University of British Columbia are getting a rare glimpse into the underwater behaviour of northern and southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast, with the help of aerial drones. The unique footage, filmed in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, will help...
October 28, 2019
Cannabis flowers with the most mushroom-shaped hairs pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. While the cannabis leaf is iconic, it’s the chemicals produced by the tiny, frostlike hairs on cannabis flowers that give the...
October 23, 2019
An international team of researchers have completed a massive effort to sequence genes from more than 1,100 plant species—an undertaking that saw UBC botanists collect rare mosses from remote corners of BC, and travel to the South Pacific to collect parasitic plants. "One of the crucial samples we...
October 23, 2019
Birds come in an astounding array of shapes and colours. But it’s their physical prowess—like a bald eagle’s incredible ability to soar—that captivates human imagination. An enduring mystery is why bird species with similar flight styles or body sizes don’t have consistent wing shapes. All...
October 18, 2019
Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according to new University of British Columbia research. However, current monitoring strategies do not take this phenomenon into account, and therefore...
October 15, 2019
First-year UBC Science students Helen Zhang and Lauren Moody have been named 2019 Schulich Leader Scholars. They were among 1,400 nominees across Canada competing for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. “With 50 outstanding students selected in Canada each year it is all but guaranteed...
October 8, 2019
We ask Google to pinpoint the nearest café all the time, but how are language and computers integrated? UBC Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics director Bryan Gick and assistant professor of Computational Linguistics and Information Science Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, both Language...
September 30, 2019
Species have few good options when it comes to surviving climate change—they can genetically adapt to new conditions, shift their ranges, or both. But new research in PNAS indicates that conflicts between species as they adapt and shift ranges could lead experts to underestimate extinctions, and...
September 26, 2019
Claire Kremen, a UBC ecologist and biologist whose research involves reconciling agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation, has been awarded an honorary degree by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Kremen received the degree Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from the AMNH...
September 25, 2019
The migration of fish due to unmitigated climate change could net fisheries in the Arctic 37 times more fish than current annual catch amounts by the end of the century, a new study from the University of British Columbia has found. But, the researchers warn, any future commercial fisheries must...

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