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John Watkins’s Across the Board is an exploration of mathematical puzzles and conundrums about the chessboard. It is not about the game of chess itself but rather the fascinating mathematics behind the chessboard and the pieces that traverse it.

UBC’s physics and astronomy department was lucky to host Dr. Barry Barish, one of the recipients of the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. Barish began his talk by describing that space-time is extremely stiff and hence changes in distance are very small, which is why the observed effects are so small as well.

On this vast Earth, your favourite spot to hang out might be around The Boulevard or The Pit. Your favourite spot to hang out outside of Earth, however, probably shouldn’t be around a dying main sequence star — not unless you want to risk a very tragic end!

Planes are flying metal tubes and are pretty close to miraculous. But some people don’t like leaving the miracle of flight as just a miracle. For UBC students, engineering or not, that’s where the AeroDesign team comes in.

The early stages of the universe recently became a little more clear thanks to UBC professor Dr. Gary Hinshaw. Hinshaw and the WMAP team — 27 scientists throughout the US, Canada, and the UK — received the Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics on December 3.

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