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Protoplanetary disks are the nurseries in which planets are born. You would have to have superhuman traits to throw around these disks, which can weigh hundreds of times the Earth’s mass and have an actively forming star in the middle.

Hackathons are energy drink-fuelled marathons where people bring projects to life by creating software and hardware. Hackseq embodies this principle, but specifically attracts participants whose ventures are related to genomics, a field of molecular biology that studies organisms’ genetic material.

In most of the lakes that the threespine stickleback inhabit in British Columbia, there exists a single species of stickleback. However, in a number of lakes there exist two separate species of stickleback — open-water dwelling stickleback and bottom-dwelling stickleback.

Bar science: go to the pub, grab a beer, and have a scientist come around and explain their research to you — while you get inebriated enough to say things like, “If I shout really loudly, will they hear me on the moon?”

The section highlighted UBC profs and students behind important discoveries. They’ve shared a few standout phrases about the process of science-ing: “That’s pretty cool”, “Let’s try...”, “But what’s the point?”, “I don’t know!”, “You’re kidding me,” and “It's very humbling.”

FlowRep, a new piece of software developed by UBC’s Dr. Alla Sheffer and her group, can take a complete 3D model and convert it into a compact 2D representation. To build FlowRep, Sheffer’s group conducted research at the intersection of psychology, fine arts, computer science, and geometry.

As part of Science Literacy Week last month, Megan Russel, a graduate student in geophysics and planetary science at UBC, gave a “Behind the Science” talk about the cutting edge discoveries in our solar system, including updates about spacecrafts like OSIRIS-REx.

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