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New York Times

Even for the person who has everything, gifts matter

New York Times

Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’

Globe and Mail

Three species of bats added to Ottawa’s endangered animals list

Globe and Mail

Cdn. scientists on Antarctic mission aim to reveal cosmic origins

Op/Ed

Ottawa Citizen

Long tenures for prime ministers are nothing to cheer

Across Canada

Winnipeg Free Press

Tough to care whether we should share

Local News

Province

Five powerful earthquakes rattle B.C.

CBC Vancouver

Super-Earth confirmed by UBC astronomer

Tyee

Peak snow? BC ski resorts brace for warmer era

 

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Even for the person who has everything, gifts matter
New York Times

Gift giving, and what to buy for your significant other, are discussed in a new article in The New York Times.

“People aren’t good at giving gifts,” said UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn. “Most people solve that problem by thinking what they themselves would like. That’s fine when you’re similar to the gift recipient, but sometimes people are just trying to throw money at the problem.”

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Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’
New York Times

The New York Times reviews “Waking, Dreaming, Being” – a new book by UBC philosophy professor Evan Thompson.

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Three species of bats added to Ottawa’s endangered animals list
Globe and Mail

Ottawa has placed three species of bats on the endangered list, but very few animals that make the list are guaranteed full recovery or protection.

“It’s no secret that this government is not particularly concerned about extinction of species,” said Sarah Otto, director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC. “Every year we wait is a year it gets harder to save these species. And it does get more expensive. We’re essentially losing options.”

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Cdn. scientists on Antarctic mission aim to reveal cosmic origins
Globe and Mail

Researchers from seven universities, including UBC, are exploring the world’s cosmic origins in the Antarctic sky.

The team has built a 3,600-kilogram balloon-borne detector that will launch over Antarctica to collect data. The team hopes to find new clues to further understand the Big Bang.

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Long tenures for prime ministers are nothing to cheer
Ottawa Citizen

Stephen Harper shouldn’t be lauded for his long tenure as Prime Minister, says UBC political scientist David Moscrop in a new Ottawa Citizen op-ed.

“One of the costs of long-tenured prime ministers is that over time there accumulates a sense of hubris and a complacency that serves the pride and ego of the leader and his cadre, but few others,” he writes.

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Tough to care whether we should share
Winnipeg Free Press

UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida’s new book, Tell Everyone: Why We Share & Why it Matters, is reviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Five powerful earthquakes rattle B.C.
Province

A series of five earthquakes hit B.C.’s coast over the weekend.

“Earthquakes often happen in swarms,” explained UBC earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences instructor Brett Gilley. “What’s happening is the stress is sort of adjusting over the whole area.”

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Super-Earth confirmed by UBC astronomer
CBC Vancouver

Using Canada’s first space telescope, a UBC astronomer has helped discover a new “Super-Earth” planet - HIP 116454 b.

Prof. Jaymie Matthews used MOST, a small Canadian satellite, to help NASA confirm the planet’s existence. 

“An even more exciting possibility is that it’s three-quarters water,” he said. “It could be a miniature version of the ice giant planet Neptune.”

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Peak snow? BC ski resorts brace for warmer era
Tyee

Climate change is expected to have a profound impact on B.C.’s ski mountains, according to a new article in the Tyee.

“For Cypress [Mountain], we expect a 40 per cent drop [in snowfall] by 2050 and a 60 per cent drop by 2080,” said UBC Okanagan physical geography professor Michael Pidwirny. “Whether it’s 35 years into the future or 65 years, sometime in that period, it’s just not going to work for them anymore.”

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