Faculty of Science
UBC scientists part of three PhysicsWorld’s top 10 breakthroughs
UBC physicists and astronomers are part of three of the top four breakthroughs of 2012 in Physics World’s annual accounting of the greatest achievements in the field.
Dec 18, 2012
Mussel goo inspires blood vessel glue
A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel – based on the mussel’s knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls – that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.
Dec 11, 2012
UBC’s commitment to science education underlined by $75M facility
The University of British Columbia today officially opens the new Earth Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide modern learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year and leading-edge laboratories for hundreds of researchers.
Nov 16, 2012
UBC leads alliance to improve science education with Sloan grant
The University of British Columbia is partnering with seven top North American universities to study how to speed up the adoption of improved teaching techniques in science classrooms.
Nov 15, 2012
“Genius grant” helps secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species
University of British Columbia zoologist Sarah Otto is using her MacArthur “genius grant” toward preserving fragile habitats in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia.
Nov 2, 2012
Fruit fly’s ‘sweet tooth’ short-lived: UBC research
The humble fruit fly may have something to teach us about forgoing empty calories for more nutritional ones – especially when we’re hungry.
Oct 16, 2012
Fish getting smaller as the oceans warm: UBC research
Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.
Sep 30, 2012
Backpack-toting birds help UBC researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots
By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots.
Sep 25, 2012
Single-cell parasites co-opt “ready-made” genes from host: UBC research
Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted “ready-made” genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.
Jul 18, 2012
How to make global fisheries worth five times more: UBC research
Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published today in the online journal PLoS ONE.
Jul 13, 2012
Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.
Jul 4, 2012
The EU underpays Madagascar for access to fish: UBC research
Unfair and exploitative political agreements allow Europeans to eat fish from the plates of developing countries, according to a study led by University of British Columbia researchers.
Jul 3, 2012
Loss of biodiversity a growing threat to human life: UBC, University of Michigan Research
The loss of biological diversity is increasingly threatening the planet’s ability to provide humans with life’s essentials: food, water, fodder, fertile soils, and protection from pests and disease, according to a sweeping review of 20 years of research by an international team of ecologists, including biologists from the University of British Columbia.
Jun 6, 2012
A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales
Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a sensory organ in rorqual whales that coordinates its signature lunge-feeding behaviour – and may help explain their enormous size.
May 23, 2012
H1N1 discovery paves way for universal flu vaccine: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have found a potential way to develop universal flu vaccines and eliminate the need for seasonal flu vaccinations.
May 8, 2012
Jellyfish on the rise: UBC study
Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to the first global study of jellyfish abundance by University of British Columbia researchers.
Apr 18, 2012
How to make high-end perfumes without whale barf
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could facilitate cheaper and more sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the fragrance industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a substance harvested from whale barf.
Apr 5, 2012
Ultra-fast laser pulses shed light on elusive superconducting mechanism: UBC research
An international team that includes UBC physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity.
Apr 2, 2012
Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study
Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
Apr 1, 2012
UBC researchers identify genetic regulators hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a number of tiny but powerful “genetic regulators” that are hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection.
Mar 29, 2012