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January 23, 2009
The Shadow—the smoke and ash monster featured in the finale of the new adventure film Inkheart—has Robert Bridson to thank for its frighteningly realistic 'good' looks. Algorithms created by the assistant professor with Computer Science's Imager and Scientific Computing labs played a key part in...
January 22, 2009
An inventive update to an astronomy course at UBC is giving students a hands-on feel for the scale, structure and motion of the Solar System. The Human Orrey Project--supported by UBC's Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative--involves 40 students placing sticky notes on the floor of the Irving K...
January 16, 2009
Eight UBC Science researchers have recieved a total of $660,000 in support in the latest round of Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity funding. Newly funded projects look at a range of issues, including the impact of human activity on African savannas, global change, numerical...
January 6, 2009
Professor Doug Bonn has been named head of UBC's Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective January 1, 2009. Bonn's research into the electromagnetic properties of high-temperature superconductors has helped make UBC a world leader in the area, and his administrative contributions include...
January 5, 2009
UBC researchers have unearthed new insights into the role that trapped liquids play along a portion of a major fault line off British Columbia's coast, including the possibility that water escaping from pores in the ocean crust deep beneath Vancouver Island might be the cause of regular tremors....
December 18, 2008
New number crunching by UBC researchers strongly refutes recent theories that propose the Earth holds a central position in the Universe. Advanced analysis and modeling by Physics and Astronomy post-docs Jim Zibin and Adam Moss and astronomy professor Douglas Scott have debunked 'void theory'—a...
December 10, 2008
Despite being upset by teams from Berkeley and Stanford in the regionals of the International Collegiate Programming contest, UBC has been awarded a wildcard spot in the competition's world finals based on their strong fourth-place finish in a difficult Pacific Northwest Region. Computer Science...
December 9, 2008
UBC mathematician Martin Barlow--the leading international expert in diffusion on fractals--has been awarded the 2009 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize. The award, presented by the Centre de recherches mathematiques, the Fields Institute and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, is worth $10,000...
November 26, 2008
UBC zoology PhD candidate Jeremy Goldbogen is revealing how one of the largest animals on earth feasts on the smallest of prey–and how those eating habits impact whale dive times and size. Some large marine mammals are known for their extraordinarily long dive times. Elephant seals can stay...
November 21, 2008
UBC researchers have developed a technique that brings scientists a big step closer to unlocking the secrets of the most abundant form of matter in the universe. Plasmas-or ionized gas-can be found in fluorescent light bulbs, thermonuclear explosions, the Earth's upper atmosphere, lightning bolts,...

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