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THC makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks: UBC study

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness-- at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found...Show More Summary

Researchers Get Rats Stoned, Find Them Lazy

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have recently conducted a study of the effects of THC on rats and to everyone’s great surprise, have found that the rats are far less willing to engage in strenuous cognitive tasks when under the influence of THC. Who knew?...

Scientists Create Stoner Rats

Scientists, apparently bored with pert, productive rats, added a little marijuana to the equation and found that, as many a teenager can tell you, laziness ensued. So report researchers at the University of British Columbia in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience after concluding that male lab rats given TCH...

This Farmer Created a Scarecrow That Uses Kickass Lasers

A team of six mechanical engineering students at the University of Victoria in British Columbia has developed a scarecrow for the 21st century.

Songbirds' epic migrations connected to a small cluster of genes

Scientists from the University of British Columbia have shown that there is a genetic basis to the migratory routes flown by songbirds, and have narrowed in on a relatively small cluster of genes that may govern the behaviour. "It'sShow More Summary

Evolution drives how fast plants could migrate with climate change: UBC study

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests evolution is a driving mechanism behind plant migration, and that scientists may be underestimating how quickly species can move. The study, published today in the journal...Show More Summary

Montreal households the greenest in Canada: UBC study

Montreal homes are the most sustainable in the country, and Edmonton's the least, according to a new University of British Columbia study that compares average household greenhouse gas emissions in major cities across Canada. Using census...Show More Summary

Microneedle Patch for Painless Monitoring of Drug Intake

A collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia and Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland has developed a microneedle device for drug monitoring. The device is in a form of a patch that’s stuck onto the skin, painlessly pushing microneedles through to sample the interstitial fluid. Show More Summary

Scientists develop painless and inexpensive microneedle system to monitor drugs

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in Switzerland have created a microneedle drug monitoring system that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. The...Show More Summary

New Dwarf Planet Discovered In Our Solar System

An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet in our solar system just beyond the orbit of Neptune. According to a press release from the University of British Columbia, the dwarf planet is approximately 430 miles (700 km) in diameter, giving it about the...

Guest Contribution: “Importer and Exporter Market Share in Exchange Rate Pass-Through”

Today we are pleased to present a guest contribution written by Michael Devereux at the University of British Columbia and Wei Dong and Ben Tomlin at the Bank of Canada. The views expressed below are those of the authors and do not represent those of the Bank of Canada. This post is based on a […]

People in Hotter, Poorer Neighborhoods at Higher Risk of Death During Extreme Heat

New research from the University of British Columbia shows a higher risk of mortality during extreme heat events in neighbourhoods that tend to get hotter and where people tend to be poorer.

Stress contagion possible amongst students and teachers: UBC study

Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study. The study is the first of its kind to examine the connection between teacher burnout and students' cortisol levels, which are a biological indicator of stress. read more

Is stress contagious?

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Teacher burnout may contribute to stressed-out students and vice versa, suggesting that stress may actually be contagious in communities, according to a new study out of the University of British Columbia. While it’s not uncommon for students to be under a lot of pressure — or for teachers to...

University Of British Columbia Fires Director Of Creative Writing School Ove “Breach Of Trust”

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The school says acclaimed writer Steven Galloway was suspended in November of last year while an investigation was completed over what it said were serious allegations of misconduct. Addition complaints were also received after he was suspended and former B.C. Supreme Court justice Mary Ellen Boyd was appointed to conduct an investigation.”

Researchers find better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. The finding, published today in Nature Chemistry, could have a big impact on devices that convert sunlight into electricity and fuel. read more

Genome sequencing helps determine end of tuberculosis outbreak

Using genome sequencing, researchers from the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues at the Imperial College in London, now have the ability to determine when a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak is over. read more

This 22-Year-Old Might Have Just Identified 4 New Planets

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

One 22-year-old's obsession with "Star Trek" just helped her make an astronomical discovery. Michelle Kunimoto, while working under University of British Columbia professor Jaymie Matthews, was searching through data from NASA's Kepler...Show More Summary

Ships flagged for illegal fishing still able to get insurance: UBC study

New research from the University of British Columbia finds that rogue fishing vessels are able to secure insurance including those that have been flagged by international watchdogs for unlawful activity. "Restricting access to insurance...Show More Summary

Scientists Find Genetic Cause of Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health have proven that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be caused by a single genetic mutation - a rare alteration in DNA that makes it very likely a person will develop the more devastating form of the neurological disease.

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