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October 26, 2015
Despite global efforts to increase the area of the ocean that is protected, only four per cent of it lies within marine protected areas (MPAs), according to a University of British Columbia study. UBC Institute for Ocean and Fisheries researchers found that major swaths of the ocean must still be...
October 15, 2015
UBC students are collectively saving $90,000 this year in a physics course by shifting to an open textbook. Students in Introductory Physics (PHYS 100), previously used a commercial textbook as well as four other services or tools to support learning in the course. Beginning in September they began...
October 8, 2015
Researchers have been able to watch the interior cells of a plant synthesize cellulose for the first time by tricking the cells into growing on the plant’s surface. “The bulk of the world's cellulose is produced within the thickened secondary cell walls of tissues hidden inside the plant body,”...
October 7, 2015
By Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Widely regarded as the first computer programmer, in 1842 Lovelace created an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s mechanical...
October 6, 2015
As the push for tinier and faster electronics continues, a new finding by UBC scientists could help inform the design of the next generation of cheaper, more efficient devices. The work, published this week in Nature Communications, details how electronic properties at the edges of organic...
September 24, 2015
New research by scientists at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital finds that infants can be protected from getting asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria by three months of age. More than 300 families from across Canada participated in this research through the Canadian Healthy Infant...
September 18, 2015
A group of UBC students is betting probiotics could be the key to protecting bees from death caused by harmful pesticides. “We rely heavily on bees for our food. They pollinate more than $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S. every year, but they are dying at alarming rates,” said Yu Qing Du, a...
September 18, 2015
If only calculating the distance between Earth and far-off galaxies was as easy as pulling out the old measuring tape. Now UBC researchers are proposing a new way to calculate distances in the cosmos using mysterious bursts of energy. In a study featured today in the journal Physical Review Letters...
September 9, 2015
An isolated, iron-rich bay in the heart of East Africa is offering scientists a rare glimpse back into Earth’s primitive marine environment, and supports theories that tiny microbes created some of the world’s largest ore deposits billions of years ago. According to University of British Columbia (...
September 9, 2015
Organic waste from phytoplankton (plant life) in remote polar oceans contributes to rare airborne particles that trigger ice formation in clouds, according to an international team of researchers that includes University of British Columbia (UBC) and University of Toronto scientists.   Results...

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