Posts Tagged ‘FoS’

UBC scientists part of three PhysicsWorld’s top 10 breakthroughs

Dec. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Extra, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC physicists and astronomers are part of three of the top four breakthroughs of 2012 in Physics World’s annual accounting of the greatest achievements in the field.

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Asst. Prof. Christian Kastrup co-invented a gel, inspired by mussel's "sheer strength" for clinging to cliffs, that can shore up weakened blood vessels.

Mussel goo inspires blood vessel glue

Dec. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel – based on the mussel’s knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls – that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.

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‘Repurposed’ anti-parasite drug shows promise as new TB treatment: UBC research

Nov. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

A well-established family of drugs used to treat parasitic diseases is showing surprising potential as a therapy for tuberculosis (TB), according to new research from University of British Columbia microbiologists.

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UBC leads alliance to improve science education with Sloan grant

Nov. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is partnering with seven top North American universities to study how to speed up the adoption of improved teaching techniques in science classrooms.

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Single-cell parasites co-opt “ready-made” genes from host: UBC research

Jul. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted “ready-made” genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.

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UBC fisheries economist Rashid Sumaila says global fisheries could be worth five times as much if steps were taken to rebuild them. (Photo: Martin Dee, UBC)

How to make global fisheries worth five times more: UBC research

Jul. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published today in the online journal PLoS ONE.

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A northern fulmar (Photo: Ashok Khosla, www.seabirds.com.)

Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

Jul. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

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A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales

May. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a sensory organ in rorqual whales that coordinates its signature lunge-feeding behaviour – and may help explain their enormous size.

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