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August 19, 2016
Forget about dipping lobsters in butter. UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan has other plans for the tasty crustacean. The scientist is experimenting with the shell, or exoskeleton, of lobsters to make batteries as well as biomedical materials and plastics. Why, and how, could you turn lobster shells into...
August 17, 2016
UBC-led exploration and geological research at major sites in Yukon and Alaska has received $557,670 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The investment, along with $700,000 in in-kind and direct contributions from industry partners,...
August 11, 2016
Plant species that have evolved to withstand elevated levels of carbon dioxide grow poorly when moved to a plant community with a different make up, according to a new study in Nature Communications. "In an effort to save certain species, there has been an interest in the movement of plants or...
August 10, 2016
It’s been a mantra for generations: cleanliness is next to godliness. Kids are urged to wash up before dinner, and a bottle of hand sanitizer on the desk is de rigueur for elementary-school teachers. But could all this hygiene actually be harming children? In their new book, Let Them Eat Dirt, UBC...
August 4, 2016
Spiders living together in colonies of tens of thousands can go extinct from sharing food equitably, finds new UBC research. “It’s an unfortunate byproduct of what they have to do survive,” said lead author Ruth Sharpe, a PhD student in UBC’s department of zoology. “It’s a puzzle because in this...
July 28, 2016
Scientists from the University of British Columbia have shown that there is a genetic basis to the migratory routes flown by songbirds, and have narrowed in on a relatively small cluster of genes that may govern the behaviour. “It’s amazing that the routes and timing of such complex behaviour could...
July 18, 2016
Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation. Now researchers have discovered that the tiny birds process visual information differently from other animals, perhaps to handle the demands...
July 15, 2016
UBC Science graduate student Karen Chan and biochemical engineer Christian Kastrup have developed a synthetic version of fibrin, opening up new possibilities for shoring up blood clots and helping internal wounds heal. Kastrup and Chan have created a polymer – a large, star-shaped molecule with...
July 11, 2016
An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is about 700 km in diameter— roughly one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island— and...
June 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. The finding, published today in Nature Chemistry, could have a big impact on devices that...

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