As explored in a newly published paper, UBC researchers speculate that using “radio bursts” with unknown origins, they could determine the distance of cosmological bodies and shed light on a whole host of previously unknown information.
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A fossil found in 1805 on Prince Edward Island has finally been identified by a UBC postdoctoral fellow. The fossil of the dimetrodon was first was first found in 1805 by a farmer digging a well in PEI.
Imagine a piece of PlayDoh with two marbles in it. If you stretch the clay, the distance between the marbles increases. If you squish it, the distance decreases. That's what gravity waves do, but with nothing pushing or pulling the clay.
Of all childhood cancers, medulloblastoma is the most common. Attempts to develop targeted drug treatments against the disease have mostly been unsuccessful and a recent study from UBC may have found an explanation why.
The weather might have started to get cold, but UBC researchers deliver hot studies and findings all year round. Here are a few “hot” UBC research to check out while you wrap yourself with your blanket scarf and sip on your Pumpkin Spice Latte.
The probe will orbit the sun for a year before ultimately catapulting itself into an intersecting course with the asteroid Bennu using Earth’s gravitational field. The two will intersect and OSIRIS will attempt to collect a sample from the surface.
You’re an early-career scientist — a UBC undergraduate sitting in HEBB 100 or a graduate student thrown into an unfamiliar field — and your state of perpetual confusion stands in sharp contrast to your competent, confident mentors.
In the town of Thondebavi, outside Bangalore in southwestern India, Dr. Nemy Banthia’s project has come to life, connecting the small town to the rest of the country with a road design that resists heavy rains, intense heat and poor drainage.
Early on, Gardy used her interests to guide her. She naturally found herself engaging in sci-fi as a young adult, reading books like The Coming Plague or The Hot Zone in her spare time, which helped to inspire her Bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
For some, politics is something people either choose to engage with or not. For others, engaging in politics is not a choice but a necessity. Jessica Wang, a science historian at UBC, is happy to be the latter.
Sci-fi readers will know the feeling of reading a book written decades ago that reads like a premonition of our current lives. Thinking about the societal effects of technological innovations can be fun. For Illes, it's a job.
Did you make a new year's resolution to read more? Or do you just really hate parties and want to never be invited again? Either way, here's a list of science books to have you excited about science and spouting facts no one cares about.
“I would love it if everyone out there who is voting had some background in evaluating evidence,” said Sara Harris, professor of teaching at UBC, paleo-oceanographer and co-author of Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice.
Need inspiration? Heed the advice of Dr. Stravos Avramidis, the head of wood science. “You cannot lock yourself in a room — talk to your colleagues. Talk to whoever uses what are you are doing. That’s the only way to get ideas,” he said.
UBC is a diverse community — we are multinational, many-gendered and religiously varied. Sometimes we honour our differences and sometimes we fall short of doing so. Whether we want to be or not, we are all shaped by our shared environment.