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December 16, 2015
The key to helping animals evolve quickly in response to climate change could actually be their predators, according to a new UBC study. The study is one of the first to show that species interactions, meaning the way species interact with each other in an ecosystem, like in a predator-prey...
December 8, 2015
Diamonds are Maya Kopylova’s best friend, but not for the reasons you might think. Kopylova is a geologist specializing in kimberlites and diamonds. Sifting through core samples that can stretch for kilometres, her lab is discovering how and where diamonds form, and providing a better understanding...
December 2, 2015
Astronomers have tied the origin of a Fast Radio Burst to a highly magnetized, gas-filled region of space, providing a new hint in the decade-long quest to explain the mysterious radio pulses. “We now know that the energy from this particular burst passed through a dense magnetized field shortly...
December 2, 2015
A prostate cancer drug bio-prospected and developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) is entering human clinical trials. Developed by Marianne Sadar, a researcher with UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a distinguished scientist at the BCCA...
November 30, 2015
A UBC microbiology and immunology student, and coach of the UBC Nordic Ski team, has been named the 2016 Rhodes Scholar for British Columbia. The scholarship will allow Robert Ragotte to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford, where he intends to study Infection, Immunology, and Translational...
November 24, 2015
A new $7 million research project led by UBC and University of Saskatchewan microbiologists will use 'reverse vaccinology' in an attempt to develop vaccines for Johne's disease and bovine tuberculosis in cattle. The diseases result in annual losses of $100 million in Canada and billions annually...
November 19, 2015
Brute strength is surprisingly important to the ability of hummingbirds to outmaneuver rivals for nectar and evade predators, according to new University of British Columbia research published in eLife. An intensive study of 20 Anna’s hummingbirds, Calypte anna, reveals that birds with the highest...
November 9, 2015
Twenty-nine current and past UBC researchers will each take home a modest share of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced yesterday at NASA Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California. The high-profile Silicon-Valley funded award is being shared between five...
October 30, 2015
With over 2,000 scholarly publications, 30,000 citations, more than 20 spin-off companies, 250 patents, three approved drugs and another 10 in clinical trials, UBC’s Life Sciences Institute is celebrating a precocious first decade of existence. As scientists from the Faculty of Medicine and the...
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...

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