The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public university in Canada's western most province, British Columbia. UBC has campuses in Vancouver, Kelowna and British Columbia. UBC was originally part of the McGill University system, but was established in 1908 as the University of British Columbia. Teaching at UBC began in 1915. UBC distinguishes itself with exceptional research work at the Barnfield Marine Science Centre, The Peter Wall Institute for Advance Sciences, medical research and is rated 2nd among all public universities in Canada. UBC has a global influence and attracts students from al over the world. The undergraduate and graduate programs at UBC has nearly 40,000 students. UBC public outreach is superior and media questions are welcome.
Canada building less social housing despite risk of increased homelessness
The first 20-year survey of public housing trends in North America, Europe and Asia has highlighted the decline in Canada's public-housing investment. Researchers at UBC's School of Community and Regional ...
Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America
For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research.
MESSENGER reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets
New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a week ago, reveals Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old. The discovery helps ...
Gigantic whales have stretchy 'bungee cord' nerves
University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have discovered a unique nerve structure in the mouth and tongue of rorqual whales that can double in length and then recoil like a bungee cord.
How "time is money" thinking can hurt the environment
Thinking "time is money" can be a barrier for people to act in environmentally friendly ways, even for tasks like recycling that take mere seconds, according to UBC research.
Western Canada to lose 70 percent of glaciers by 2100
Seventy per cent of glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta could disappear by the end of the 21st century, creating major problems for local ecosystems, power supplies, and water quality, according to ...
Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage
University of British Columbia researchers have found a new way to make state-of-the-art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store.
Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic
Three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.
Scientists uncover cause of tree-killing fungus
Forest scientists at the University of British Columbia believe they've discovered the root cause of a deadly tree fungus: extra genes.
Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds
A UBC-Chinese Academy of Sciences joint study shows that land cover plays as significant a role as climate change on the hydrology of watersheds.
Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s
The number of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia is down by 50 per cent from the 1980s and University of British Columbia researchers say the decline reflects changes in the availability of food.
Parasitism runs deep in malaria's family tree
The ancestors of a large family of parasites—including those that cause malaria—were equipped to become parasites much earlier in their lineage than previously assumed, according to University of British Columbia (UBC) ...
The power of social media in massive emergencies
When a powerful earthquake devastated China's Sichuan province in 2008, the disaster was too catastrophic for authorities to stay on top of events as they unfolded.
Charge instability detected across all types of copper-based superconductors
Superconductors made of copper-oxide ceramics called cuprates are capable of conducting electricity without resistance at record-high temperatures—but still only at about one-third of room temperature. ...
Scientists help avert a nuclear medicine meltdown
University of British Columbia scientists have shown that small cyclotrons – particle accelerators the size of an SUV – can replace hulking nuclear power plants as the country's main source of medical ...