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Environment - 19.04.2024
Research helps migrating salmon survive mortality hot-spot
Research helps migrating salmon survive mortality hot-spot
When Kevin Ryan and the other hardworking volunteers at Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, B.C. release young coho smolts into the ocean, they're never quite certain how many will return as adults. Mossom releases between 5,000 and 10,000 coho smolts each year, and is one of the few hatcheries to release coho directly into the ocean, rather than into a river.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 05.04.2024
New gravitational wave signal helps fill the 'mass gap' between neutron stars and black holes
New gravitational wave signal helps fill the ’mass gap’ between neutron stars and black holes
A collaboration of researchers including UBC scientists have observed gravitational waves from the collision of what is most likely a neutron star and an object likely to be a light black hole, 650 million light-years from Earth. The mass of the black hole is 2.5 to 4.5 times the mass of Earth's sun, meaning it falls in the so-called 'mass gap': heavier than heaviest known and theorized neutron stars but lighter than the lightest black holes in our galaxy.

Environment - Life Sciences - 18.03.2024
Global wildlife study during COVID-19 shows rural animals are more sensitive to human activity
Global wildlife study during COVID-19 shows rural animals are more sensitive to human activity
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Plant-eating animals more active, carnivores more cautious around humans One of the largest studies on wildlife activity-involving more than 220 researchers, 163 mammal species and 5,000 camera traps worldwide-reveals that wild animals react differently to humans depending on where the animals live and what they eat.

Health - 12.03.2024
Study challenges alarming U.S. maternal death rate reports
Study challenges alarming U.S. maternal death rate reports
Reports of a dramatic upward trend in the U.S. maternal death rate are being challenged by new UBC research published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology .

Health - Pharmacology - 27.02.2024
Researchers launch clinical trial exploring CBD for bipolar depression
Researchers launch clinical trial exploring CBD for bipolar depression
Researchers at UBC's faculty of medicine are launching a first-of-its-kind clinical trial investigating the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar depression. Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized by extreme changes in mood that cycle through periods of intense highs (mania) and lows (depression).

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.01.2024
Researchers advocate for sustainable logging to safeguard against global flood risks
Researchers advocate for sustainable logging to safeguard against global flood risks
It's time to recognize the power of healthy forests in managing global growing flood risk, and to shift towards more sustainable forestry practices and policy. This call is emphasized by UBC researchers in a peer-reviewed article published recently in the journal Science of the Total Environment . Dr. Younes Alila , a hydrologist and professor in the faculty of forestry, and his graduate student Henry Pham synthesized decades of hydrology studies and found that many "severely and consistently underestimated" the impact of forest cover on flood risk.

Social Sciences - Environment - 16.01.2024
How to conduct scientific research with Indigenous Peoples and Lands in a good way
In the name of "research," science has often harmed Indigenous Peoples around the world.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 16.01.2024
'Smart glove' can boost hand mobility of stroke patients
’Smart glove’ can boost hand mobility of stroke patients
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart New washable wireless smart textile technology developed at UBC in collaboration with Vancouver startup also has potential uses in virtual reality and American Sign Language translation This month, a group of stroke survivors in B.C. will test a new technology designed to aid their recovery, and ultimately restore use of their limbs and hands.

Health - 08.01.2024
Hospitals dealing with increasingly complex patients, data reveals
Hospitals dealing with increasingly complex patients, data reveals
Hospitalized patients are more complex than they used to be. That's the finding of a newly published UBC study which set out to measure something researchers have been hearing anecdotally from hospital-based health-care workers over the past two decades. As it turns out, they weren't imagining things.

Environment - Life Sciences - 19.12.2023
Toxic chemicals found in oil spills and wildfire smoke detected in killer whales
Toxic chemicals found in oil spills and wildfire smoke detected in killer whales
Toxic chemicals produced from oil emissions and wildfire smoke have been found in muscle and liver samples from Southern Resident killer whales and Bigg's killer whales. A study published today in Scientific Reports is the first to find polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in orcas off the coast of B.C., as well as in utero transfer of the chemicals from mother to fetus.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.11.2023
New process for screening old urine samples reveals previously undetected 'designer drugs'
New process for screening old urine samples reveals previously undetected ’designer drugs’
Science, Health & Technology Erik Rolfsen Researchers from the University of B.C. and the BC Provincial Toxicology Centre (BCPTC) have developed a more efficient way to find out which new 'designer drugs' are circulating in the community. In a study published today in Analytical Chemistry , they showed how high-resolution mass spectrometry can be used to analyze urine samples at scale and uncover molecules from emerging designer drugs that have been missed by conventional testing.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.11.2023
Genetic testing could greatly benefit patients with depression, save health system millions
Genetic testing could greatly benefit patients with depression, save health system millions
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk A special kind of genetic test that helps determine the best antidepressant for patients with moderate-to-severe depression could generate substantive health system savings and greatly improve patient outcomes, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.11.2023
Cracking the code: Why songbirds are larger in colder climates
Cracking the code: Why songbirds are larger in colder climates
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Local adaptation may protect songbirds against climate change Scientists have unlocked the genetic basis underlying the remarkable variation in body size observed in song sparrows, one of North America's most familiar and beloved songbirds. This discovery also provides insights into this species' capacity to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 25.10.2023
Biological fingerprints in soil show where diamond-containing ore is buried
Biological fingerprints in soil show where diamond-containing ore is buried
Science, Health & Technology Alex Walls DNA sequencing technique can also help source minerals that are key to the green-energy transition Researchers have identified buried kimberlite, the rocky home of diamonds, by testing the DNA of microbes in the surface soil. These 'biological fingerprints' can reveal what minerals are buried tens of metres below the earth's surface without having to drill.

Economics - Computer Science - 28.09.2023
When CEOs admit they have failed, stock analysts value their companies more highly: UBC study
In business, leaders rarely want to take accountability for unfavourable company performance - but a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that when they do, they might actually boost the value of their companies. In the study titled " The role of CEO accounts and perceived integrity in analysts' forecasts ," researchers electronically combed through more than 35,000 CEO conference calls to investors that spanned 12 years (2002-2013), and looked at whether the companies performed favourably or unfavourably.

Physics - Astronomy / Space - 27.09.2023
Does antimatter fall up or down? Physicists observe the first gravitational free-fall of antimatter
Does antimatter fall up or down? Physicists observe the first gravitational free-fall of antimatter
Science, Health & Technology Prof. Takamasa Momose First measurement of the force of the Earth's gravity on antimatter, which leverages a built-in-Vancouver antimatter gravity detector. In the world's first observation of the effect of gravity on antimatter, a group of researchers from Canada and around the world have made an important confirmation: like matter, antimatter does indeed 'fall downwards'.

Health - Psychology - 26.09.2023
Depression, anxiety may be among early signs of MS
Depression, anxiety may be among early signs of MS
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk New research from the University of British Columbia is painting a clearer picture of the early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS), showing that people are nearly twice as likely to experience mental illness in the years leading up to the onset of the diseases.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.09.2023
New variants, new vaccines. Here's what you should know about COVID-19 going into fall
New variants, new vaccines. Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 going into fall
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk As we head into fall, cases of COVID-19 are once again rising across Canada, fuelled by new variants that are offshoots of the original Omicron variant. At the same time, Canada is rolling out an updated suite of vaccines that are more tailored to currently circulating strains of the virus.

Innovation - Health - 14.09.2023
New tool reveals inequitable distribution of 'healing' green spaces in Vancouver
New tool reveals inequitable distribution of ’healing’ green spaces in Vancouver
Areas in Vancouver with the greatest need for restorative nature often have the least exposure to it, according to a new UBC study published recently in Ambio. These neighbourhoods include Strathcona, downtown Vancouver, the West End, southern Sunset and Marpole. The researchers developed a new tool, the local restorative nature (LRN) index to assess spaces for the presence of qualities that promote mental well-being.

Social Sciences - Health - 13.09.2023
New action guide empowers people with dementia
New action guide empowers people with dementia
More than 597,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and yet big gaps remain in healthcare support. It's estimated that 85 per cent of people living with dementia are not receiving support after their diagnosis. And research shows being engaged in community is one of the biggest factors in slowing the condition's progression.
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