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September 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has fired up interest in outdoor activities in our parks and forests. Now a new UBC study highlights the need to be mindful of how these activities may affect wildlife living in protected areas. Researchers placed motion-activated cameras on the trails in and around the South...
September 8, 2020
Three UBC Science researchers have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. The 2020 UBC Science fellows are: Mark Halpern (Physics & Astronomy) Mark Halpern’s research focuses on...
September 8, 2020
Scientists at UBC are unravelling the mysteries behind a persistent problem in commercial beekeeping that is one of the leading causes of colony mortality—queen bee failure. This occurs when the queen fails to produce enough fertilized eggs to maintain the hive, and is regularly cited by the...
September 2, 2020
First-year UBC Science students Susan Chung, Aidan Eglin, Rita Jin, Romina Mahinpei and Niki McIntosh have been named 2020 Schulich Leader Scholars. They were among 1,400 nominees across Canada competing for 100 of the $80,000 scholarships. “Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM...
September 2, 2020
An international team of researchers, including scientists with the University of British Columbia’s gravitational wave astrophysics group, has detected a signal from what may be the most massive black hole merger yet observed. The discovery, outlined in papers published today in Physical Review...
August 25, 2020
Scientists have identified a mechanism in the eyes of fish that boosts the retina's oxygen supply more than 10-fold and enhances the fish’s ability to process visual input. The mechanism—a gas gland within the eye—may have contributed to the extraordinary adaptive radiation of fishes, which today...
August 6, 2020
Alberta’s largest water reservoir, the Bighorn Dam, is among four locations in the province most at risk of summer water shortages due to future glacier loss, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. In a study outlined in Nature Climate Change, researchers examined how...
August 3, 2020
A large number of the valley networks scarring Mars’s surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously thought, according to new UBC research published today in Nature Geoscience. The findings effectively throw cold water on the dominant “warm and...
July 29, 2020
Dome A, the highest ice dome on the Antarctic Plateau, could offer the clearest view on Earth of the stars at night, according to new research by an international team from China, Australia and the University of British Columbia (UBC). The challenge? The location is one of the coldest and most...
July 29, 2020
Elevated levels of lead have been found in samples of honey from hives downwind of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, collected three months after the April 2019 blaze. In research outlined in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, scientists from UBC’s Pacific Centre for Isotopic and...

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