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ultrasound machinevideo

Could a DIY Ultrasound Be in Your Future? UBC Breakthrough Opens...

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners...
plant development

UBC Researchers Unlock Secrets of Plant Development

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division of their cells. These...
antibiotic resistant infections

UBC Researchers Create Matchmaking Service to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Infections

UBC researchers have matched small proteins, called peptides, with antibiotics so they can work together to combat hard-to-treat infections that don’t respond well to...
vaccinesvideo

UBC-Designed Cooler Combats Vaccine Spoilage in Developing World

Many vaccines must be kept at temperatures between two to eight degrees Celsius or they may spoil, but storing them in that narrow range of temperatures...
smart windowsvideo

UBC Researchers Invent New Method to Create Self-Tinting Windows

UBC chemistry researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving...
spinal cord injury

‘Gut Feeling’ Spurs Doctor to Re-Examine Evidence on Urinary Tract Infections...

People with spinal cord injuries rely on catheters to empty their bladder. When a well-respected publication concluded that catheters could be reused without an...
Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s Disease might be a ‘Whole Body’ Problem

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, has long been assumed to originate in the brain but new research indicates that it could be...
climate change

Herbivores help Protect Ecosystems from Climate Change

Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy...
concretevideo

UBC Researchers Develop Earthquake-Resistant Concrete

A new seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete developed at the University of British Columbia will see its first real-life application this fall as part of the...
climate change

Some Marine Species More Vulnerable to Climate Change than Others

Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study...
Earth’s atmosphere

Changes in Earth’s Crust Caused Oxygen to Fill the Atmosphere

Scientists have long wondered how Earth’s atmosphere filled with oxygen. UBC geologist Matthijs Smit and research partner Klaus Mezger may have found the answer...
Fisheries

Small-Scale Fisheries Have Big Impact on Oceans

A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a...
osteoporosis

New Osteoporosis Treatment Uses Traditional Chinese Herb to Prevent Bone Loss

Microscope images of bone showing bone cells and osteoporosis cavities without treatment using CatK inhibitor (L) and with treatment using CatK inhibitor (R). An herb...
Computer Charactersvideo

Breakthrough Software Teaches Computer Characters to Walk, Run, Even Play Soccer

Computer characters and eventually robots could learn complex motor skills like walking and running through trial and error, thanks to a milestone algorithm developed...
symbiosis

Hostage Situation or Harmony? Researchers Rethink Symbiosis

Relationships where two organisms depend on each other, known as symbiosis, evoke images of partnership and cooperation. But a new study in Nature Ecology...
MS treatment

Researchers Uncover Potential Risks of Common MS Treatment

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, UBC researchers have identified potential adverse reactions of a commonly used multiple sclerosis drug. The study...
universe

Solving One of Nature’s Great Puzzles: What Drives the Accelerating Expansion...

UBC physicists may have solved one of nature’s great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? PhD student Qingdi Wang has tackled this...
desk light

Red Light, Green Light Invention Prevents Work Interruptions

A UBC computer scientist has invented a unique desk light that automatically switches from green to red when you are ‘in the zone’ and...
3D bioprinting

Organ Printing Holds Promise for Better Healthcare, Cheaper Drugs

This week, global experts will gather at the University of British Columbia to discuss the latest trends in 3D bioprinting—a technology used to create...
coral bleachingvideo

New Coral Bleaching Database to Help Predict Fate of Global Reefs

A UBC-led research team has developed a new global coral bleaching database that could help scientists predict future bleaching events. Until now, knowledge of the...