|Why your work-out should be high intensity|
|New York Times|
High-intensity exercise has health benefits for people with heart conditions, diabetes, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, according to new research.
“We know that exercise is good for people at risk of chronic disease, but people tend not to exercise,” said Jonathan P. Little, a specialist in exercise physiology at UBC Okanagan.
|You can be convinced to confess to an invented crime, study finds|
People can be persuaded to falsely confess to a fake crime, according to a new study co-authored by UBC forensic psychologist Stephen Porter.
The study found 70 per cent of participants were convinced they had committed a crime after three hours of interrogation.
|The strange case of babies sleeping in boxes|
A story about babies sleeping in boxes by the BBC has been shared on social media one million times — a record for the news outlet.
UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida says it’s difficult to know what makes a story super-shareable. In the case of the baby story, Hermida says it could have appealed widely to parents.
“People between 24 and 34 are the key demographic which is active on social media,” Hermida said.
|Protect future of our students|
UBC should divest from fossil fuels, says UBC sociologist David Tindall.
“Financial analysis has shown alternative investments would produce comparative returns, without entailing the negative environmental consequences, or the ethical defaults involved in fossil fuel investment,” Tindall writes.
Faculty are voting in an online referendum until Feb. 8 to determine whether or not they’ll ask the university to divest. The referendum and a report by two UBC researchers, Justin Ritchie and Hadi Dowlatabadi, are featured in a new article in The Globe and Mail.
|Fifty shades of GG? No thanks|
The Canada Council of Arts is drawing criticism over awarding Raziel Reid’s debut novel, When Everything Feels Like the Movies, best in children’s literature.
Critics argue the novel, which contains sexual content, is inappropriate for a young audience.
UBC creative writing professor Steven Galloway defends the council’s decision.
“If you don’t value free speech … then you don’t deserve to call yourself a writer,” Galloway wrote.
|Will Uber arrival mean a ‘race to the bottom’?|
Thousands of people in Edmonton have signed a petition to keep Uber, a car-for-hire service, operating in the city.
UBC economics researcher Joe Sulmona calls Uber “a race to the bottom.”
“You have certain fixed costs, like buying the automobile and fuel. What’s variable in driving a vehicle is the cost of the operator and the maintenance on the vehicle,” Sulmona said. “And those are the two things that give.”
|Disappearing shellfish on B.C.’s coast confounding experts|
Shellfish are dying off on B.C.’s coast and no one knows why.
“It’s still a little bit of a mystery,” says UBC marine biologist Chris Harley. “We’re not living with the same ocean our parents were living with 30 years ago. It could be warmer water, it could be more acidic water, it could be disease.”
|Sandbox robot races test UBC engineering students|
UBC mechanical engineering students battled for bragging rights Wednesday over who could build the best “bomb sniffing” robot.
“The project challenges teams to apply creativity, engineering insight and practical skill to tackle complex open-ended problems,” said UBC engineering professor Peter Ostafichuk.
|Metro’s population? Too many, too few, just right?|
The size of Metro Vancouver’s population is questioned in a new Vancouver Sun column.
According to Bill Rees, a UBC professor emeritus of community and regional planning, the optimal population for Metro Vancouver was 30,000, a number which was passed in 1901.
|Mount Polley tailings dam report to be released today|
The report into the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse is being released today.
UBC mining engineering professor Dirk van Zyl is among the panelists.
|Confusion reigns over 0.5-per-cent transportation funding tax|
UBC political scientist Max Cameron weighs in on the plebiscite in Metro Vancouver where people will vote whether to increase PST by a half per cent to improve public transit.
“The lesson from the GST debacle is people don’t want to see this and be reminded every time they buy a pack of gum,” he said. “Really it’s too bad because what we’re talking about is a small tax that’s being applied to the public good. The more our decisions are driven by the income in our pockets, the harder it is to put a value on the price of the public good.”
|UBC acquires 800-year-old papal document|
The UBC Library is now home to a rare 800-year-old religious document.
The medieval Papal bull is from the 13th century and is signed by two Catholic popes.
“UBC has acquired something really exceptional,” said UBC history instructor Richard Pollard. “It’s very useful as a representation of medieval documents generally.”
A similar story appeared on CityTV’s Breakfast Television.
|UBC students protest proposed rent hikes|
Dozens of UBC students gathered on campus Thursday to protest proposed tuition and rent increases.
Rent for UBC housing is expected to increase by 20 per cent. The Board of Governors will make its final decision about the increase this month.