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Economy, Highlights, Internet, Science & Technology

Do not disturb, my red light is on.

You’re in the middle of a job, busily concentrating and deep in your thoughts and ideas when….someone comes to your work station and interrupts you. It takes time to get back in the groove. Now a UBC professor has come »

Society

Black history month, Important? Yes, but…

February is Black History Month in Canada, but while advocates say it’s important to highlight blacks contributions to the country, it’s also time to think that it shouldn’t be relegated to just one month Annette Henry PhD is a professor »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

(book) Capturing Hill 70-Major First World War victory forgotten.

In 1917, a normally unimpressive bump in the landscape in northern France near the then coal mining centre of Lens was known to the Allies as Hill 70. It became however a vicious battle for the Canadian troops assigned to »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Technology gives new insight into whale behaviour

We know a little about whales, but often have more questions than answers. Traditional observation done by following whales and pods in boats, gives only limited knowledge of behaviour at the surface and may in fact disturb them thereby possibly »

Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, Internet, Science & Technology

Can trees adapt to climate change? Perhaps not easily

Some suprising new research shows trees in the same environment have developed shared genes, though they are different species. What researchers have long thought is that genetic solutions to deal with climate change would be complex, involving genetic differences and »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

A world’s first? Challenging the North Atlantic-autonomously

It has been years of work for a variety of engineering and computer science students at the University of British Columbia. They are now just a day away from the final phase of all that work and perhaps accomplishing something »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, Society

Environmentally aware: a matter of mind..over mind

We just marked Earth Day on Friday, April 22, but are we really doing all that well in our efforts to be more responsible in trying to reduce our environmental footprint? Apparently added education about the effects of our personal »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

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 & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

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, Internet, Science & 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 »