Teenage orcas could be roughhousing with boats off the coast of Spain
Killer whales are in the news for sinking boats off the coast of Spain. The reason is a mystery, but one theory is that teenage bad behaviour is to blame, according to UBC researchers Dr. Andrew Trites, Taryn Scarff and Josh McInnes.
May 29, 2023
He used to climb mountains. Now he wants to move them for others
When UBC mechanical engineering student Yi Yi Du came out of a two-month-long coma after being struck by a car in the fall of 2021, no one knew what the next stage of his life would look like.
May 29, 2023
How Vancouver’s geese affect our river systems
Canada geese were introduced by humans in the late 1960s for hunting and other purposes, and they thrived. But the same is not true for the river ecosystem they feed on.
May 16, 2023
How seaweed has been misleading scientists about reef health
New UBC research found that seaweed have been misleading scientists about coral reef health, and scientists need new ways to determine whether human activity is harming a particular reef.
May 4, 2023
Spiritual connection with nature transcends politics, religion
Have you ever felt awestruck by a towering evergreen, waves crashing against rocks, or the vastness of a desert canyon? You’re not alone. Across time and cultures, humans have felt a spiritual connection with nature.
Apr 18, 2023
Simulating underwater eruptions reveals clues to hazards, including ‘surfing hot rock avalanches’
New research into volcanic eruptions could help predict their hazards, including tsunamis and surfing hot rock avalanches.
Apr 11, 2023
‘Greed is good’ for likes and retweets if you’re a U.S. senator
Tweet about greed. That’s what U.S. politicians ought to do if they want to gain likes and retweets on Twitter, according to new UBC research.
Mar 6, 2023
So-called ‘safe’ pesticides have surprising ill effects
Health Canada is currently reviewing regulations for pesticides in Canada, and three UBC researchers say regulators might want to consider what happened in Japan.
Feb 21, 2023
Clouds could delay the impact of climate change on reefs – but not for long
Clouds seem to offer some protection from excess heat to coral reefs – but most will still face frequent bleaching by 2080, according to new research.
Feb 8, 2023
Why does the date of Lunar New Year change?
This lunar new year falls on Jan. 22, making it one of the earliest in recent history. So why does the date of the lunar new year change?
Jan 19, 2023
Most wildlife bridges are bear-ly wide enough
Canadian researchers measured wildlife overpasses around the world and found 71 per cent in North America are narrower than recommended.
Dec 19, 2022
Sick queen bees have shriveled ovaries, putting their colonies at risk
Queen bees with viral infections have smaller ovaries than their healthy counterparts, a recent UBC study has found, which could threaten the health and financial viability of their colonies.
Oct 25, 2022
National survey of abortion care providers shows access has improved
Researchers from UBC’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology recently surveyed 465 healthcare professionals who provided abortion care in Canada in 2019—the first such survey in seven years.
Sep 27, 2022
Photo exhibit shows pandemic through the cameras of older adults
Vancouver can be a lonely city, even more so for older people. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic forced residents to stay home.
Sep 27, 2022
UBC researcher creates wood-based alternative to single-use plastic
UBC researcher Dr. Feng Jiang has developed a cellulose film that looks like plastic and behaves like plastic—but is biodegradable.
Sep 23, 2022
How the largest migration on Earth might help combat climate change
What does the mysterious migration of the gelatinous salp have to do with reducing atmospheric carbon? A UBC student will set sail next week in the hopes of finding out.
Sep 21, 2022
Warmer Earth could see smaller butterflies that struggle to fly, affecting food systems
New UBC research has shown warmer temperatures can lead to smaller butterflies that collect less pollen and visit fewer flowers.
Sep 15, 2022
You fainted. Are you OK to drive?
People who have visited the emergency department for fainting are no more prone to car crashes than other emergency department patients, new research out of UBC’s faculty of medicine has found.
Aug 3, 2022
Artists in prison share art: exhibit in DTES opens July 23
This month, the impact of a project that distributed 756 “art and reciprocity kits” to several prisons across B.C. and the Yukon will be showcased as an art exhibit in the Downtown Eastside.
Jul 20, 2022
Fungus in a test tube first step to curing ‘corn smut’
Researchers have mimicked a corn plant’s make-up in the lab to investigate ‘corn smut’, opening the door to finding a cure for the disease.
Jun 9, 2022