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This is what cannabis looks like under a microscope

Botany researchers used a combination of advanced microscopy techniques and chemical profiling to investigate what gives cannabis its psychoactive properties and fragrance.  
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Money given to homeless people reduced rough sleeping and busted stereotypes

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao led a study which found that unhoused people are more likely to spend a lump sum of money on rent, food, housing, transit and clothes, despite public perception otherwise. 
Big Issue 

'Needle in a haystack': Experts say finding daycare E. coli outbreak source complex

Land and food systems professor Dr. Siyun Wang said E. coli outbreak investigations are like criminal investigations it involves interviewing people, gathering evidence and waiting for lab test results. 
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Humpback whales have been disrupting orca hunts, but it’s not clear why

Dr. Andrew Trites, director of the marine mammal research unit, said humpback whales become agitated when orcas engage in aggressive behaviour near them, even if their target is another species. 
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Why the rise of the B.C. Conservative Party could change the province's political dynamic

Political science lecturer Dr. Stewart Prest commented on B.C.’s partisan politics. 
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How Metro Vancouver teachers are dealing with ChatGPT in the classroom

Dr. Simon Bates, vice-provost and associate vice-president of teaching and learning, and Dr. Michael Hooper, school of community and regional planning professor, commented on the use of generative AI tools by university students. 
CBC News 

BCGEU pushes for vacancy control to address the housing crisis

Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Tom Davidoff commented on the housing market in B.C. 
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Vaping study shows nearly 50% of young Canadians tried it. Is it really that bad?

UBCO social work professor Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner said there are chemicals in vapes that can do damage to the body, in addition to nicotine. 

Salt taste is surprisingly mysterious

Zoology professor Dr. Michael Gordon commented on how the tongue perceives the taste of salt. 
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Tackling tailings with microbes

Chemical and biological engineering professor Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav discussed using microbes to clean up tailings water, a by-product of mining.
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To know yourself, consider your doppelgänger

Geography professor Dr. Naomi Klein wrote about political doppelgangers, those who appropriate, mimic or co-opt political ideologies as their own. 
New York Times 

Solving Canada’s shortage of health professionals means training more of them, and patients have a key role in their education

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Dr. Kerry Wilbur co-wrote an op-ed about the shortage of health-care providers in Canada.  
The Conversation 

Giving unhoused people money is good, actually

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao co-wrote an op-ed which argued against the stereotype that people living in homelessness will squander monetary gifts on drugs and alcohol. 
Georgia Straight 

Free literary festival draws Indigenous writers of all genres

Indigenous writers will be featured prominently at the Word Vancouver Reading and Writing Festival at UBC Robson Square on Sept. 16.  
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