Astronomers recently spotted an object — originally called the Interstellar Minor Body A/2017 U1, and recently named ‘Oumuamua — on an hyperbolic orbit around the Sun. Identifying ‘Oumuamua is “the coolest thing that’s happened in planetary astronomy recently,” said Dr. Brett Gladman.
UBC psychiatry professor Dr. Weihong Song and Third Military Medical University professor Dr. Yan Jiang-Wang were able to determine that a protein — amyloid beta — produced in the body was able to cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain.
Although it may be disheartening to hear about misconduct that compromises the integrity of scientific research, especially at our own university, science allows for established protocols to adapt.
Sure, Pluto is an icy body that is cold enough to have year-round winter, but I don’t think your North Face jacket could handle the -223 C temperatures. Pluto’s longer years may be tempting, but who really wants to get in 90,560 Earth days of skiing in a single season?
On the week of September 21, the Beaty Biodiversity museum, along with the Woodward library, TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and other teams within UBC were collaborating to promote science literacy in a national science literacy initiative.
This year, UBC’s iGEM team worked on creating a genetically modified Gilliamella apicola (a type of bacteria that lives in bees' intestines) that can help bees combat colony collapse disorder.
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.
The researchers then took poop from three-month olds, who they knew developed asthma, and transferred it into mice. Mice with the transferred kid poop went on to develop high levels of asthma, mice with poop spiked with FLVR did not develop asthma.
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Although several groups have tried and failed to create the graphene superconductor based on this model, the researchers were able to achieve the feat in a high vacuum environment (an area without air) at an extremely low temperature of -268°C.
A superconductor is a material that transports electricity with no resistance. But superconductors must be cold (about -272ºC cold, for gallium) to be superconductors.
“Don't underestimate yourself! And don't be afraid to take on leadership roles. In the words of Mindy Kaling, 'Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.'”
In the middle of campus there’s a small, unremarkable, concrete building with one locked glass door on its northwest corner labeled ‘Clean Energy Research Centre’. You’d never guess it’s home to one of Canada’s largest fuel-cell research groups, working internationally with major industry and science partners to bring fuel cell technologies to market.
In a recent study published in the Nature, UBC researcher Michele Koppes and her team compared glaciers in northern Patagonia and in the western Antarctic Peninsula.
A UBC research team has successfully managed to create the first self-propelled powder to stop severe bleeding.
Chemotherapy is the current drug of choice to treat cancer. It kills cancer cells, while trying to do as little damage as possible to healthy cells. Now there might be a better way to fight cancer.
Researchers at the Samuels Lab at UBC have engineered “inside-out” plants which produce cellulose on their surface.
Cochrane’s current research involves examining the specific molecular interactions that happen in the interfaces of organic semiconductors through scanning tunnelling microscopy, a type of microscopy used to image surfaces of tiny structures. She said that, since scientists currently have limited knowledge in this particular area, her goal is to determine the how interfaces can yield the most effective results.
Recent research conducted at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences shows that teething toys can affect a baby's auditory perception because the movement of a baby’s tongue plays a role in what sounds babies can distinguish between.