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January 14, 2019
Haida Gwaii's small population of northern goshawks—already of great concern to conservationists—are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds, according to a new genomic analysis by University of British Columbia researchers. “Goshawks across the British Columbia Coast...
January 11, 2019
Catherine Johnson, a UBC researcher searching for ‘Marsquakes’ as part of NASA’s InSight mission and a leading expert on planetary magnetic fields, has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Price Medal in Geophysics. Johnson, a professor with UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric...
January 9, 2019
A team of scientists in Canada has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded, providing new clues about the brief, puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our galaxy. The repeating FRB was one of 13 new bursts detected in just two weeks by the Canadian Hydrogen...
January 3, 2019
Professor Paul Gustafson has accepted a five-year term as Head of the UBC Department of Statistics, beginning January 1, 2019. A founding co-director of UBC’s recently launched Masters of Data Science, Gustafson has served as acting department head, and on numerous departmental committees. He has...
January 2, 2019
Flexing a single elbow joint enables gulls to adapt their wing shape to gusty conditions, according to new University of British Columbia (UBC) research—a relatively simple mechanism that could inspire improved aircraft design. “While we know birds frequently alter their wing shape, this is the...
December 17, 2018
Physicists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur have identified a new approach to achieving high-temperature superconductivity — binding electrons to form tight, but very light pairs that flow without resistance. In electrical wires,...
December 6, 2018
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources, new research from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found. In a study...
November 28, 2018
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced an $8-million investment to develop a first-of-its-kind robotic platform called ADA that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the development process for new energy efficient materials. “We’re proud to...
November 27, 2018
It sounds like the plot of the world’s tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a “social” spider into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp’s bidding. That’s the gruesome, real-life discovery by University of British...
November 14, 2018
The Federal Government’s latest round of Canada Research Chair investments include four new chair-holders at UBC Science investigating ocean sustainability and turbulence, machine learning, and quantum materials. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced significant...

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