Incorporated as a club in 2015, UBC BIOMOD focuses its work every year on the annual BIOMOD competition in San Francisco, which brings together undergraduate design teams from around the world to showcase their biomolecular design projects.

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!

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