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February 23, 2018
UBC immunologist Marc Steven Horwitz investigates how viruses can induce complex diseases like diabetes and lupus. Now he’s studying a cat and mouse game—how a common virus might be related to the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS). What is Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and how common is it? Epstein-Barr...
February 8, 2018
Evolved differences in muscle power and wing size—along with a touch of skill—govern hummingbirds’ inflight agility, according to new research in Science. The findings by University of British Columbia biologists show that larger species of hummingbirds, despite their increased mass, are able to...
February 6, 2018
An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth’s atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in Canada, Spain and the U.S. The study marks the first time scientists have quantified the viruses being swept up from the Earth’s surface into the free...
February 5, 2018
Jellyfish blooms are becoming more widespread and scientists are looking for ways to understand them better, including their impact on species like salmon that compete with them for food sources. Now, researchers at the University of British Columbia have enlisted aerial drones to track these...
January 31, 2018
UBC water sustainability expert Mark Johnson has been awarded the university’s Charles A. McDowell award for excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member. Johnson holds a Canada Research Chair in Ecohydrology, his research seeks to develop more sustainable water...
January 30, 2018
Some of B.C.’s beetles are shrinking as their habitats get warmer, according to new UBC research. The study provides evidence that climate change is affecting the size of organisms. “In nature, there is so much going on that can affect body size so we weren’t sure we were going to see anything,”...
January 29, 2018
New research that analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals shows that mammals and birds – both warm-blooded animals – may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth’s rapidly changing climate than their cold-blooded peers, reptiles and amphibians. “We see that mammals...
January 24, 2018
UBC researchers have been awarded more than $42 million from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Of the 59 researchers at UBC and affiliated teaching hospitals receiving funding, six affiliated with UBC Science will lead a range of fundamental projects investigating cancer, stroke...
January 23, 2018
Ten projects being led by UBC researchers have been awarded $101 million from Genome Canada and Genome BC, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, provincial governments and project co-funders. Two projects involving UBC Science researchers—focused on childhood asthma and...
January 19, 2018
While textbook spending is increasing at the University of British Columbia, the number of students enrolled in courses using open or freely available resources is also increasing. According to a new report from the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), the estimated number of...

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