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June 1, 2017
UBC zoologists have documented the first record of a House Swift in the Americas—and begun to unravel the mystery of how the tiny bird got from its south-east Asia breeding grounds to Ladner, BC. The bird’s well preserved but near-emaciated carcass was discovered in May 2012 near the Deltaport...
May 30, 2017
Coastal communities are struggling with the complex social and ecological impacts of a growing global hunger for a seafood delicacy, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. “Soaring demand has spurred sea cucumber booms across the globe,” says lead author Maery Kaplan-...
May 23, 2017
Researchers published the complete sunflower genome in Nature today, a major step toward improving the crop’s genetic diversity and ability to withstand climate change. The $20 billion, healthy oilseed crop holds great promise for climate change adaptation. It can grow and flourish across a diverse...
May 15, 2017
UBC physicists may have solved one of nature’s great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? UBC researchers Qingdi Wang and Bill Unruh tackle the question in a new study that tries to resolve a major incompatibility between quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of...
May 9, 2017
Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from UBC...
May 5, 2017
A UBC computer scientist has invented a unique desk light that automatically switches from green to red when you are 'in the zone' and shouldn’t be disturbed by colleagues. “The light is like displaying your Skype status - it tells your colleagues whether you’re busy or open for a chat,” said...
May 5, 2017
UBC researcher Gordon Slade, known for his work on the mathematical study of critical phenomena and phase transitions, was elected as a fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society today. He joins 11 other UBC Science fellows elected to the Society over the past decades. Slade’s research is in the...
May 3, 2017
UBC computer scientists are examining exactly how skin folds, stretches, wrinkles and bounces, with the goal of creating a realistic computer model of the human body. “Human skin and other soft tissues are thin, elastic structures that deform a lot,” said Dinesh Pai, professor of computer science...
May 2, 2017
University of British Columbia and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute researchers have used gene editing techniques on stem cells to identify novel drug targets for chlamydia, the most commonly reported bacterial STI in Canada. The team identified two immune system genes, IRF5 and IL-10RA, as key...
May 2, 2017
UBC biodiversity researcher Dolph Schluter, a leading expert in the evolution of ecological diversity, has been elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. Schluter is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected today in recognition of their distinguished and...

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