High school students compete in 41st annual Physics Olympics
More than 600 high school students and teachers from across B.C. from Campbell River to Vancouver to West Kelowna and Invermere, will compete in the 41st annual UBC Physics Olympics on Saturday.
Mar 8, 2019
Low-cost ‘cancer probe’ could spot deadly melanoma early
Work is being done at UBC on a tool to help in the early detection of melanoma: a simple, compact laser probe that can distinguish between harmless moles and cancerous ones – in a matter of seconds.
Mar 6, 2019
Canadians’ consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 per cent in 11 years
Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new UBC research has found.
Feb 28, 2019
Achieving Paris climate target could net additional billions in fisheries revenue
Achieving the Paris Agreement global warming target could protect millions of tonnes in annual worldwide fisheries catch, as well as billions of dollars of annual revenues for fishers, workers’ income and household seafood expenditures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Feb 27, 2019
Bat flight model can inspire smarter, nimbler drones
Engineers at UBC have captured the full complexity of bat flight in a three-dimensional computer model for the first time, potentially inspiring the future design of better drones and other aerial vehicles.
Feb 27, 2019
Pink Shirt Day: UBC experts on bullying
Today is Pink Shirt Day in Canada, an annual movement where people are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness about bullying. UBC experts are available to comment.
Feb 27, 2019
New protein “switch” could be key to controlling blood-poisoning and preventing death
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a new protein “switch” that could stop the progression of blood-poisoning, or sepsis, and increase the chances of surviving the life-threatening disease.
Feb 25, 2019
Disability progression in multiple sclerosis linked to income, education
Neighbourhood income and education level is associated with risk of disability progression in patients with multiple sclerosis, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.
Feb 22, 2019
UBC researchers discover how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Feb 21, 2019
Automated speed enforcement doesn’t just reduce collisions – it helps reduce crime
It’s widely accepted that automated photo enforcement programs targeting speeding help reduce collisions and promote safe driving. Now a new University of British Columbia study suggests they can also significantly reduce crime in the neighbourhoods in which they are deployed.
Feb 21, 2019
Mega experiment shows species interact more towards tropics and lowlands
One of the largest field experiments ever conducted is providing the best evidence yet in support of a key Darwinian theory—that interactions between species are stronger toward the tropics and at lower elevations.
Feb 20, 2019
Convenience and control: Online sexually transmitted infection testing offers many benefits
Online sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing removes some of the barriers that prevent people from getting tested while still providing key information about health and wellness, according to users.
Feb 20, 2019
Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality
Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may have found a way to encourage a more sociable virtual reality.
Feb 19, 2019
Students pitch solutions to global issues in UBC World’s Challenge Challenge
Six three-person teams of UBC students will be facing off, Dragon’s Den-style, on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the UBC World’s Challenge Challenge—a competition in which students pitch their solutions to global problems.
Feb 7, 2019
Fish chemical cocktail reveals how a single gene may alter an aquatic ecosystem
Variations in a single gene in tiny stickleback fish alter how they interact with their environment and potentially trigger changes across an ecosystem, a new study from the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania finds.
Feb 6, 2019
Integrating cultural practices improves health care for Indigenous women living with partner violence
The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates Elder-led circles and other cultural elements, finds new research from the University of British Columbia and Western University.
Jan 31, 2019
More oversight needed for consumer brain stimulation devices
As smart watches and fitness trackers explode in popularity, so is a new type of health and wellness tech marketed as being able to monitor and manipulate brain functions. Direct-to-consumer “neurotechnology” is a rapidly growing industry, predicted to top $3 billion by 2020.
Jan 24, 2019
UBC students take on hyperloop concepts in rail challenge
Second-year mechanical engineering students will race their autonomous engines around a track designed to simulate the challenges facing hyperloop design – a system of tubes through which a “pod” can travel free of air resistance or friction, transporting people or objects at high speed.
Jan 22, 2019
Some pregnant women don’t believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus
Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review by UBC researchers.
Jan 22, 2019
Study highlights lack of fair access to urban green spaces
People with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbours, a new University of British Columbia study of parks and greenery in 10 major North American cities has found.
Jan 17, 2019