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June 30, 2021
Caltech and University of British Columbia (UBC) astronomers have discovered the smallest and most massive white dwarf star ever seen—at 4,300 kilometers across it’s just larger than Earth's moon. Though the white dwarf is small, it is heavy, "packing a mass greater than that of our sun into a...
June 16, 2021
Renowned marine biologist William Cheung has been appointed director of the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. The appointment is effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026 with the possibility of an extension. Cheung is an international leader in studying how climate change affects...
June 15, 2021
Thirty-three UBC Science faculty members received a total of $7 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants to support long-term research goals for individual researchers for up to five years. This comes from a total of 85 projects across UBC...
June 9, 2021
The CHIME telescope detected 535 new fast radio bursts during its first year of operation – from 2018 and to 2019 – quadrupling the number of known occurrences of the puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our galaxy. Scientists with the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping...
June 4, 2021
The University of British Columbia and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have launched a Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition, the Government of Canada announced today.  The new centre aims to accelerate the development and integration of affordable clean alternatives...
June 3, 2021
A study conducted at two botanical gardens in Canada may help researchers better understand the ability of plant life to act as Earth’s carbon sink, and the ability of plant species to adapt to future environmental pressures. “Nature’s primary means of sequestering carbon relies on photosynthesis...
May 26, 2021
Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) – which is associated with kidney and liver damage in Chinook salmon – is continually being transmitted between open-net salmon farms and wild juvenile Chinook salmon in British Columbia waters, according to a new genomics analysis published today in Science Advances....
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...

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