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Going diving in the tropics? Don’t eat the reef fish!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:55:50 +0000

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy.

Early guidance can help future moms fight fear of childbirth

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:55:56 +0000

Caesarean deliveries in most developed countries, including Canada, are at least 10 to 20 per cent higher than recommended by the World Health Organization, and many efforts to decrease unnecessary C-sections have failed.

Health care, education key to keeping women out of prison

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:55:36 +0000

Women in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.

You’re not alone in feeling alone

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:55:05 +0000

Feel like everyone else has more friends than you do? You’re not alone— but merely believing this is true could affect your happiness.

Small-scale fisheries have big impact on oceans

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:55:47 +0000

A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a lack of data on their development over time.

New UBC research suggests bird songs isolate species

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:55:36 +0000

Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new UBC research.

Running group helps half its graduates quit smoking

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:32:29 +0000

Joining a running group can help you quit smoking. That’s the conclusion of a new UBC study that found that half the people who completed a 10-week program were able to successfully quit smoking.

A full house for Prime Minister Trudeau’s Town Hall at UBC Okanagan

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:44:49 +0000

Over 2,500 people were on hand at the UBC Okanagan campus on Wednesday night for a Town Hall event hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

New Canadian telescope will map largest volume of space ever surveyed

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:38:36 +0000

A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study.

Perfect mannequins a turnoff for some consumers

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:55:10 +0000

Mannequins’ long legs, tiny waistlines and perfect busts can sour some shoppers on the products they’re wearing, especially consumers who don’t like the look of their own bodies.

U.S. investors shun Quebec firms: UBC study

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:55:40 +0000

A new study led by the UBC Sauder School of Business has found significant U.S. institutional investor bias against firms located in Quebec relative to firms located in the rest of Canada due to language differences.

New osteoporosis treatment uses traditional Chinese herb to prevent bone loss

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:25:08 +0000

An herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine might hold the key to a new osteoporosis therapy that could prevent bone loss without causing side effects.

Mixed reality gives neuroanatomy lessons a boost

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:25:54 +0000

With its unique hemispheres and intricate connections, the brain is one of the most exceptional, yet complex organs in the human body.

Canadian children’s nutrition suffers during school hours

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:25:51 +0000

Canadian children don’t eat enough vegetables, fruit and dairy products during school hours, causing them to fall short of several daily dietary recommendations on school days, a new UBC study has found.

Solving the housing crunch for Vancouver’s smallest residents

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:25:23 +0000

There’s a buzz in the air about three new residences opening on campus: for bees and bats that is.

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:55:12 +0000

Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.

Algorithms that can sketch, recreate 3D shapes

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:25:19 +0000

A University of British Columbia computer scientist has created a new software that can create a design sketch of an everyday object, addressing the challenge of accurately describing shapes.

UBC Library acquires first known account of British Columbia by an English woman

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:55:36 +0000

A handwritten journal that is the earliest known account of British Columbia by an English woman is coming to UBC.

Breakthrough software teaches computer characters to walk, run, even play soccer

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:55:43 +0000

Computer characters and eventually robots could learn complex motor skills like walking and running through trial and error, thanks to a milestone algorithm developed by a University of British Columbia researcher.

Hostage situation or harmony? Researchers rethink symbiosis

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:25:25 +0000

Relationships where two organisms depend on each other, known as symbiosis, evoke images of partnership and cooperation.