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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...
September 8, 2015
UBC researchers exploring forest genomics, fish conservation, ocean particle fluxes and software development where elected to the Royal Society of Canada today. They join 30 other UBC Science researchers recognize by the RSC since 2000. The fellowships are the highest academic accolade in the...
September 4, 2015
Graphene, the ultra-thin, ultra-strong material made from a single layer of carbon atoms, just got a little more extreme. University of British Columbia (UBC) physicists have been able to create the first ever superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms. Although...
August 26, 2015
A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications for the valuable crop. “Even though hemp and marijuana are important crops, knowledge about cannabis...
August 21, 2015
A $1.1-million estate donation by geologist Wilbert R 'Ted' Danner will increase support for geology students at UBC, including topping up a scholarship originally funded by the proceeds of returned recyclable bottles and cans. “We're truly honoured by this gift,” said UBC Dean of Science Simon...
August 17, 2015
When an experiment doesn’t go as expected in a new introductory physics lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) this September, students will take a real-world approach to the ‘failure’. They’ll compare their experimental data to other students’ data and to simplified models, think...
August 4, 2015
UBC scientists have opened the doors to new research into malnutrition by creating an animal model that replicates the imbalance of gut bacteria associated with the difficult-to-treat disease. Malnutrition affects millions of people worldwide and is responsible for one-fifth of deaths in children...

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