UBC In The News
Sadly, many happiness studies are flawed
Psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn and graduate student Dunigan Folk conducted a study that found that some activities people associate with happiness lack scientific evidence to prove they actually boost your mood.
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Vacancy tax could improve Australia's housing crisis but isn't the only solution, expert says
Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Tsur Somerville co-authored a study that found that B.C.’s housing vacancy and speculation tax has had a positive impact on the province’s housing crisis.
ABC Australia via MSN
B.C. researchers trying to stave off deadly bat disease
Dr. Matthew Mitchell (land and food systems) is part of a team of researchers who are monitoring bats in B.C. to protect them from white-nose syndrome.
B.C. researchers discover Janus, the first 'two-faced' star
Physics and astronomy researchers were part of an international team that revealed the first ‘two-faced’ star, a spinning orb with one side covered in super-heated helium, and the other in hydrogen.
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UBCO researchers investigate new use for plastic bottles
UBCO engineering graduate student Alok Chandra and professor Dr. Sumi Siddiqua developed a new method of converting plastic waste into clay soil stabilizers.
As the world sizzles, China says it will deal with climate its own way
Political science professor Dr. Kathryn Harrison commented that humans seem to have an amazing ability to return to business as usual after an emergency passes with regards to Canada’s extreme weather.
Washington Post (subscription)
Orcas are so done with humans that they started sinking boats
Dr. Andrew Trites, director of the marine mammal research unit, commented on killer whales ramming into boats.
How metering can help cities save water
Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Werner Antweiler discussed how metering could make people use less water.
CBC (32:38 mark)
Faucet frugality: Experts say B.C. residents need to conserve water now
Forestry professor Dr. John Richardson commented on B.C.’s drought situation and suggested ways to help conserve water.
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North Shore has the 2nd most expensive groceries in B.C., study finds
Land and food systems professor Dr. Richard Barichello commented on food price inflation.
North Shore News
Is Justin Trudeau failing the Canadian science test?
Chemistry professor Dr. Laurel Schafer commented on the need for more federal investment in science research. Research by Dr. Carl Hansen (physics and astronomy) and Dr. Pieter Cullis (medicine) was mentioned.
Times Higher Education (subscription)
Here’s why you got a skin tag and what to do if you want it gone
Faculty of medicine clinical instructor Dr. Monica Li discussed the causes of skin tags and how to remove them.
Best Health via MSN
B.C. can be a leader in legal protection for people harmed by artificial intelligence
Peter A. Allard School of Law professor Dr. Kristen Thomasen co-authored an opinion piece about the need for legislation that protects those harmed by artificial intelligence in B.C.
Japan–South Korea forced labour ‘deal’ struggles to heal old wounds
Asian studies graduate student Jinsung Kim discussed the deal between Japan and South Korea regarding forced labour during Japan’s colonial period.
East Asia Forum