How hot yoga can make an athlete’s heart more efficient
When the Canadian Olympic women’s field hockey team was preparing for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University had an idea. They wanted to determine if heat stress could enhance the athletes’ performance by increasing the volume of plasma in their blood.
Aug 28, 2018
UBC researchers unlock secrets of plant development
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division of their cells.
Aug 23, 2018
Gut enzymes could hold key to producing universal blood
For blood transfusions to be safe, the donor and patient blood types must match. Now researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a new, more powerful group of enzymes that can turn any type of blood into the universally usable type O—expanding the pool of potential blood donors and making blood matching safer and easier.
Aug 21, 2018
Super-resolution microscope reveals secrets of deadly Nipah virus
The deadly Nipah virus and others like it assemble themselves in a much more haphazard manner than previously thought, new UBC research has found. The discovery could allow scientists to develop more effective vaccines and rule out many approaches to fighting these viruses.
Aug 16, 2018
UBC experts available to comment on wildfires and associated air quality
B.C. declared a state of emergency Wednesday due to the ongoing wildfire situation. The state of emergency will be in place for 14 days, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. UBC experts are available to discuss the wildfire situation in B.C., associated poor air quality and health risks.
Aug 15, 2018
Students show off Star Wars-style rescue robots in competition at UBC
In a scene reminiscent of Star Wars, 16 student-designed robots will attempt to rescue the good guys—Ewoks and Chewbacca, represented by plush dolls—from the evil Empire stronghold.
Aug 8, 2018
Cigarettes account for half of waste recovered on Vancouver and Victoria shorelines
Plastic waste—particularly from smoking– still dominates litter collected from B.C. coastlines, a recent study from the University of British Columbia has found.
Aug 2, 2018
Fishing fleets travelling further to catch fewer fish
Industrial fishing fleets have doubled the distance they travel to fishing grounds since 1950 but catch only a third of what they did 65 years ago per kilometre travelled, a new study has found.
Aug 1, 2018
Breaking up ‘fatbergs’: UBC engineers develop technique to break down fats, oil and grease
Cooking oil and similar waste can clog pipes, harm fish and even grow into solid deposits like the “fatbergs” that recently blocked London’s sewage system. But UBC researchers may have found a way to treat these fats, oils and grease—collectively called FOG—and turn them into energy.
Aug 1, 2018
Distracted pedestrians walk slower and are less steady on their feet: UBC study
Distracted drivers are responsible for more collisions in Canada than impaired drivers, but with smartphones becoming ubiquitous, distracted walking is also on the rise. Now, University of British Columbia engineers have analyzed just how mobile device use affects pedestrians, and their findings could help develop safer roads and autonomous cars in the future.
Jul 31, 2018
Breakthrough discovery will change treatment for COPD patients
Permanent lung damage caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) starts much earlier than previously thought, even before patients are showing symptoms.
Jul 10, 2018
Urban greenways can reduce neighbourhood carbon emissions
A new UBC study has found that greenways significantly reduce carbon emissions, with 300 metres being the optimal distance for maximum environmental benefits.
Jul 5, 2018
Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies
UBC researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy.
Jul 5, 2018
Theory of general relativity proven yet again in new research
In a novel test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, an international group of astronomers has demonstrated that the theory holds up, even for a massive three-star system.
Jul 4, 2018
As penguins dive, their location data takes flight
Data sent from penguins to space and back to UBC could help researchers determine why the species’ breeding population fluctuates so dramatically.
Jun 27, 2018
Anger overlooked as feature of postnatal mood disorders: UBC study
Women in the postpartum period should be screened for anger in addition to depression and anxiety, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests.
Jun 26, 2018
Some seniors entering long-term care homes too soon: UBC expert
With seniors now outnumbering children in Canada, an increasing number of families are caring for aging loved ones.
Jun 26, 2018
UBC researchers create matchmaking service to combat antibiotic resistant infections
UBC researchers have matched small proteins, called peptides, with antibiotics so they can work together to combat hard-to-treat infections that don’t respond well to drugs on their own.
Jun 21, 2018
Self-care and social ties can help men recover from the suicide of a loved one
Recovering from the suicide of a friend, partner or family member can be emotionally challenging for men, largely due to masculine ideals that dictate men should remain stoic and keep their feelings bottled up.
Jun 20, 2018
UBC experts on recreational cannabis legalization
The Senate voted Tuesday to pass Bill C-45—the government’s legislation to legalize cannabis—meaning that recreational cannabis will soon be legal across Canada.
Jun 20, 2018