UBC’s Pacific Museum of Earth welcomes ancient sea monster to building atrium
Come and see the Elasmosaurus—an ancient marine reptile with a neck so long and heavy it would barely have been able to raise its head above water.
Sep 19, 2018
Hardwired for laziness? Tests show the human brain must work hard to avoid sloth
If getting to the gym seems like a struggle, a University of British Columbia researcher wants you to know this: the struggle is real, and it’s happening inside your brain.
Sep 18, 2018
New tool developed by UBC researchers helps conservationists make smarter decisions
A new tool developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Commonwealth Science Industrial Research Organization could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar.
Sep 17, 2018
Appetite for shark fin soup drives massive shark population decline
Consumers need to stop demanding shark fin soup and other products in the absence of robust laws and sustainable practices regulating shark overfishing, research co-authored by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC has found.
Sep 13, 2018
New tool developed at UBC screens online health ads for deception
The internet is rife with ads for health products, from weight-loss systems to arthritis cures—but whether they actually work can be difficult to discern.
Sep 12, 2018
Could a DIY ultrasound be in your future? UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine
Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
Sep 11, 2018
Climate change fuels accumulation of pollutants in Chinook salmon, killer whales
University of British Columbia researchers studying the marine food web of the Northeast Pacific Ocean have found that the exposure and accumulation of chemical pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organic mercury, will be exacerbated under climate change.
Sep 11, 2018
Global warming pushing alpine species higher and higher
For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research by University of British Columbia zoologists has found.
Sep 10, 2018
Concussions loosen insulation around brain cells
Detailed scans of concussed University of British Columbia hockey players found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibres was loosened two weeks after the injury—even though the athletes felt fine and were deemed ready to return to the ice.
Sep 4, 2018
Even the fittest middle-aged athletes can’t outrun cardiovascular risk factors
Middle-aged adults are exercising more and living longer, but new research from the University of British Columbia suggests that even the fittest among them are not immune to cardiovascular disease—and they often don’t have any symptoms.
Aug 31, 2018
Teen dating violence is down, but boys still report more violence than girls
When it comes to teen dating violence, boys are more likely to report being the victim of violence—being hit, slapped, or pushed—than girls. That’s the surprising finding of new research from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
Aug 29, 2018
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