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Highlights/UBC

Environment, Health, History, Indigenous, Science and Technology

Ancient mud from Canada: New tool to combat “superbugs”?

It seems for thousands of years, an aboriginal group on Canada’s west coast has been using a huge mud pit for medicinal purposes. A company has been formed to market the mud known as Kisameet Clay. Company officials  asked researchers» 

Economy, Environment, International, Science and Technology, Work & Labour

Paradox for sub-Saharan Africa: increased farming = less rain

Quite apart from issues of climate change, a new study led by the University of British Columbia shows a problem for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Landlocked Burkina Faso has limited sources of fresh water. It also needs to increase its» 

Health, International, Science and Technology

UBC breakthrough in cancer treatment-disease vs disease

Once again, a scientific discovery in one area, has led to a potential breakthrough in a completely different area. In this case, one disease- malaria,has been developed to help fight another, cancer. Mads Daugaard was the programme leader of the» 

Education, International

The best universities in the world

The QS world university rankings came out this month, rating over 800 universities around the world. American and British universities topped the list with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in top spot in the world, followed by Harvard, and» 

Environment

Major decline in seabirds: ocean ecosystem in trouble

It seems shocking, but a study of seabird populations shows that since the 1950’s there has been a 70 percent decline in seabird populations. Michelle Paleczny is currently a biologist working with Parks Canada, but researched the decline in seabirds» 

International, Science and Technology

Shedding new light on old stars

First time observation changes understanding of stars Scientists have witnessed for the first time a phenomenon in deep space, long suspected but never witnessed, and in doing so have discovered something surprising. Two scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Going, gone! Canada’s western glaciers melting fast.

Canada’s western mountain chains are home to many of the world’s glaciers. A new study indicates that due to human-influenced climate change, they are melting quickly, and could lose most of their volumes in just a few decades, with up» 

Economy, Science and Technology, Society

Autonomous vehicles- many questions to answer first.

These new self-driving vehicles are being touted as wonderful new technology. They’ll be safer, more efficient and provide a host of services.  But they also provide new challenges for cities. AnnaLisa Meyboom (PEng MRAIC)  is an assistant professor in the» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

How you can admit to crimes you didn’t commit

In a surprising new study, researchers in Canada and Britain have shown how easily completely innocent people can be guided not only into thinking they committed crimes in their youth, but also in creating detailed memories of those crimes. Stephen» 

Environment, Health

Diesel exhaust: danger to DNA

In 2012 the  France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization said diesel engine exhaust fumes have a definite link to cancer and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and»