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January 25, 2016
The abundance of viruses in the world’s oceans varies wildly, regardless of the available ‘prey’, according to new research published by an international team that includes (UBC) University of British Columbia microbiologists. The findings published in Nature Microbiology turn previous estimates on...
January 19, 2016
Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch . The new estimate, released today in Nature Communications, puts the annual global catch at roughly 109 million metric tons, about 30...
January 18, 2016
The provincial government has committed $19.95 million toward upgrading and expanding the aging teaching and laboratory space used by life sciences students at UBC. “Our government invests tens of millions of dollars in innovation at public post-secondary institutions to build on the growth and...
January 12, 2016
First Nations fisheries’ catch could decline by nearly 50 per cent by 2050, according to a new study examining the threat of climate change to the food and economic security of indigenous communities along coastal British Columbia, Canada. “Climate change is likely to lead to declines in herring...
January 5, 2016
UBC researcher Chen Greif—an expert in scientific computing with a strong record in undergraduate teaching and service—has accepted the position of head of the Department of Computer Science, effective January 1, 2016.     Greif earned his PhD in applied mathematics from UBC and was...
January 4, 2016
Astronomers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Austria, Germany, France and Australia have introduced a new method to measure a star’s surface gravity – which depends on the star’s mass and diameter – to an accuracy of a few per cent. The method—descibed in the journal Science Advances—...
December 21, 2015
The expectant father clings to seagrass and soon tiny creatures resembling filaments of string begin to emerge from deep within a pouch on his abdomen. Within seconds the newborn seahorses are swept away by the fast moving water. Two UBC researchers were fortunate enough to witness this male...
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...

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