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The Next Big Thing in 2011, and beyond: Annual UBC researcher predictions
For the fifth year UBC Reports, the monthly news publication for the University of British Columbia, has asked experts to identify advances that may transform your world.
Dec 29, 2010
The Next Big Thing in 2011, and beyond: January UBC Reports preview
UBC experts describe nine advances that may transform your world, from shapeshifting architecture to the ability to predict the diseases you may experience. Plus, two professors revisit their 2006 forecasts.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By John Hepburn, Vice President, Research and International
Updates from 2006
Prof. Jaymie Matthews provides an update on his 2006 prediction that, within 10 years, astronomers would find a planet capable of life. Prof. Stanley Coren reviews his 2006 look at the possibility of prescription pets.
Dec 29, 2010
Telling stories together, one tweet at a time
We can expect a raft of new tools to make sense of social media for a new age of collective journalism.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Alfred Hermida
News ways of using biomarkers open new horizons in defining risk, illness, and therapies for vital organ failure.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Dr. Bruce McManus
Powerful “rare-earth” dental magnets
New magnets developed for the Japanese auto industry hold promise for struggling denture wearers.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Drs. Ross Bryant and Michael MacEntee
Imaging Genetics – the ability to foresee brain disease?
“It’s not that you can’t find your keys, it’s that you don’t know what do to with them once you have them.”
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Judy Illes
The old paradigm aimed to reduce environmental impact. The future is about buildings that actually improve our environment.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By John Robinson
Low-cost personal genome analysis
There is an explosion in the use of techniques to find the gene variations that influence our lives. We are on the verge of a genetic revolution will be exciting, and scary.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Drs. Peter Pare, Denise Daley and Andrew Sandford
The medical “tricorder”
With recent advances in DNA sequencing, finding the DNA of a virus or bacteria is literally a day’s work. Doctors may soon have a device that can quickly analyze and identify the common bugs that ail us.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By David Broemeling
Municipal service robots
In the next 15 years, Canada will spend $12 billion to upgrade water main systems. A UBC professor is building a pipe inspection robot that will save money by entering subterranean waterways to find the weak spots.
Dec 29, 2010 - by By Jody Jacob
Shapeshifting spaces offer amazing new possibilities for individuals in public and private environments The School of Architecture, in collaboration with departments in Applied Science and Engineering Physics, is leading the […]
Dec 29, 2010 - by By AnnaLisa Meyboom and Jerzy Wojtowicz