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Dark Matter Mapped On Largest Scale Observed
2012-01-10 06:03:52

Astronomers from the University of British Columbia and University of Edinburgh have mapped dark matter on the largest scale ever observed. The findings reveal a Universe comprised of an intricate cosmic web of dark matter and galaxies that span over a billion light years across. Researchers analyzed images of about 10 million galaxies in four different regions of the sky, and studied the distortion of the light emitted from these galaxies. "By analyzing light from the distant...

2011-12-22 10:12:58

An important breakthrough in cancer research Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and the University of British Columbia are excited over a discovery made while studying rare tumor types. Dr. David Huntsman, genetic pathologist and director of the Ovarian Cancer Program of BC at the BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Dr. Gregg Morin, a lead scientist from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC...

2011-12-15 16:59:57

Almost two-thirds of women in British Columbia filled at least one prescription at some point in their pregnancy, including drugs with potential risks, according to a new study by University of British Columbia researchers. The study, published online today in the journal Clinical Therapeutics, is the first of its kind in Canada. Researchers analyzed population-based outpatient prescription claims data for patterns of prescription drug use during pregnancy in B.C. from 2001 to 2006. The...

The Physics Behind Great White Shark Attacks On Seals
2011-12-11 06:05:35

Scientists use basic principles of underwater optics, physics to understand predator-prey interactions A new study examining the complex and dynamic interactions between white sharks and Cape fur seals in False Bay, South Africa, offers new insights on the physical conditions and biological factors underlying predator-prey interactions in the marine environment. University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science assistant professor Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, and a...

2011-11-18 03:26:37

University of British Columbia researchers are providing recommendations for managing a $100 billion annual commitment made by the international community at last year's United Nations climate conference to help the developing world respond to climate change — a funding promise almost equal to all existing official development aid from major donor countries today. In today's issue of Science, three UBC professors - Simon Donner, Milind Kandlikar and Hisham Zerriffi - argue that the...

2011-11-14 23:39:49

The stealth art of infectious agents: Researchers uncover why the body can't defend against tuberculosis Tuberculosis, which kills over 2 million people each year, is caused primarily by infectious bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis — or Mtb. Mtb targets human immune cells as part of its strategy to avoid detection, effectively neutralizing the body's immune response. Up until now, scientists had a general understanding of the process, but researchers in the Immunity and...

2011-11-05 01:15:59

University of British Columbia researchers have developed new technology for monitoring brain aneurysms — an approach that is potentially less invasive and more accurate than current methods, and one that is simple enough for patients to use at home for frequent monitoring. Brain aneurysms occur when the weak wall of an artery carrying blood to the brain begins to bulge and balloon out. If the artery ruptures, the hemorrhage can lead to stroke, brain damage or death. To create a plug...

2011-10-21 13:44:21

University of British Columbia researchers have identified three major patterns that emerge among couples dealing with male depression. These can be described as “trading places,” “business as usual” and “edgy tensions.” Published in the Social Science & Medicine journal and led by UBC researcher John Oliffe, the paper details how heterosexual couples´ gender roles undergo radical shifts and strain when the male partner is depressed and the...

2011-10-11 20:42:08

Even after women have separated from an abusive partner, the violence still costs Canadians an estimated $6.9 billion a year, according to research at the University of British Columbia. Led by UBC Nursing Prof. Colleen Varcoe, the study — published in a recent issue of Canadian Public Policy — is the first in Canada to comprehensively identify the spectrum of economic costs for services used by women who leave a violent partner. Overall, the annual bill for violence rings...


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Davidsonia, Journal
2012-04-25 14:26:44

Davidsonia is a scientific journal published by the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. It specializes in the botanical natural history of the pacific northwest and horticultural and plant conservation issues. The print edition of Davidsonia existed from 1970 to 1981. It was revived in 2002 as an online journal. The journal provides full open-access to content on its website www.davidsonia.org . The journal is named after British Columbia botanical pioneer John Davidson. It...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'