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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...
July 30, 2015
A $66.5-million investment from the Government of Canada—the largest government investment in a single UBC research program—will enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in quantum matter research and help connect university research with industry. UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute (QMI), the...
July 22, 2015
Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life. The research, published this week in Nature Geoscience suggests that Earth’s first...
July 21, 2015
As Jupiter and Venus completed a dazzling planetary conjunction this month, UBC's Linda Strubbe was wrapping up an astronomical convergence of a different sort under the clear, dark night skies of Nsukka, Nigeria. Strubbe, a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow with UBC Physics and Astronomy, is...
July 20, 2015
Marine species that already have large ranges are extending their territories fastest in response to climate change, according to new research from University of British Columbia biodiversity experts. The study is one of the first comprehensive looks at how traits—other than thermal niche—impact...
July 13, 2015
On July 14, 2015 the space probe New Horizons will fly roughly 12,500 kilometres above the surface of Pluto, the closest we have ever been to the dwarf planet. The probe will snap photos and gather data that astronomers hope will yield valuable clues about the formation of the Solar System four and...
July 9, 2015
While human activities have caused extinctions across the globe, your favourite beach or diving site may actually be home to as many, or more, species then it was a few decades ago. That’s the conclusion of a synthesis of 50 years of marine biodiversity data conducted by University of British...
July 2, 2015
Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists. An international team of researchers compared the future of the oceans under two climate change scenarios. In one scenario,...

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