Koby Michaels


Ada, the little robot is in trouble. Waves crash over her bow and lines cry out in the wind. A wave rises up behind Ada and she is carried up with it. For a moment, she sits at the peak of the wave, motionless in the heart of the violent Atlantic.

The news started making it’s rounds across Vancouver Facebook on Wednesday when it was reported that winds could surpass 100 kph and the Vancouver area could see over 100mm of rain. But those predictions aren't accurate — here's why.

Think an 18-story residence building made of wood sounds like a bad idea in a rainy, earthquake-prone city like Vancouver? Well, you’d be right, so it’s a good thing that UBC’s new Tall Wood Building isn’t actually a wooden building.

Brock Commons is being touted as a very environmentally friendly building. While it’s on track to be a LEED Gold Certified building but the wood building goes way beyond just an energy efficient certification.

What is the right way to roll your toilet paper — in front or behind? Science has yet to answer that question but new research out of UBC’s department of mechanical engineering does wipe away some of the mystery behind the science of toilet paper.

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