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Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure...Show More Summary

Chemical signals in the brain help guide risky decisions

A gambler's decision to stay or fold in a game of cards could be influenced by a chemical in the brain, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia. The rise and fall of dopamine plays a key role in decisions involving risk and reward, from a baseball player trying to steal a base to an investor buying or selling a stock. Show More Summary

Globalization threatens benefits of an African 'green revolution'

A prospective "green revolution" in Africa could boost land use and carbon emissions globally, according to a study co-authored by a University of British Columbia researcher. The term "green revolution" typically describes the use of agricultural innovations – such as the development of new seeds – to increase yields, particularly in developing countries. read more

Book Review - Happy Money: The Science Of Smarter Spending

By Kevin Hsu: Originally published on July 16, 2014 About Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton, Authors Elizabeth Dunn is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Michael Norton is an associate professor of marketing at the Harvard Business School. Show More Summary

Salmon forced to 'sprint' less likely to survive migration

Sockeye salmon that sprint to spawning grounds through fast-moving waters may be at risk, suggests new research by University of British Columbia scientists. When salmon encounter turbulent, fast-moving water – such as rapids or areas downstream of dams – they must move upstream using a behaviour known as "burst swimming" that is similar to sprinting for humans. read more

Fish study links brain size to parental duties

Male stickleback fish that protect their young have bigger brains than counterparts that don't care for offspring, finds a new University of British Columbia study. Stickleback fish are well known in the animal kingdom for the fact that the male of the species, rather than the female, cares for offspring. Show More Summary

Antibiotics in early life may alter immunity long-term

New University of British Columbia research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but antibiotic treatments often do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria. Show More Summary

Stronger drunk driving laws lead to safer roads: Study

Changes to British Columbia's laws against driving while impaired have reduced fatal crashes as well as ambulance calls and hospital admissions resulting from motor vehicle crashes, a new University of British Columbia study finds. Researchers concluded that harsher penalties for impaired driving and speeding instituted by the B.C. Show More Summary

New York is America's 'unhappiest city' -- and the 5 happiest are in one unexpected state

New York is the unhappiest city in America, according to a recent study from researchers at Harvard and the University of British Columbia. New York City was joined by Gary, Indiana, and three cities from Pennsylvania — Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh — in the Top 5 unhappiest cities. Show More Summary

New York is America's 'unhappiest city' -- and happiest 5 are in one unexpected state

New York is the unhappiest city in America, according to a recent study from researchers at Harvard and the University of British Columbia. New York City was joined by Gary, Indiana, and three cities from Pennsylvania — Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh — in the Top 5 unhappiest cities. Show More Summary

SL Letter of Day: Communication and Confusion

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

I am on vacation for another week. But I've invited Dr. Lori Brotto to handle the Savage Love Letters of the Day. Dr. Lori Brotto is a clinical psychologist and sex researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. You can...Show More Summary

Astronomers measure weight of galaxies, expansion of universe

Astronomers at the University of British Columbia have collaborated with international researchers to calculate the precise mass of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, dispelling the notion that the two galaxies have similar masses. While...Show More Summary

Gay Neighborhoods Are Turning Straight… And It Might Not Be A Bad Thing

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

There goes the gayborhood. Literally. A new study conducted at the University of British Columbia suggests that gay neighborhoods may soon be a thing of the past. The study has found that fewer same-sex couples are living in historically gay neighborhoods — San Francisco’s Castro district, New York’s Chelsea, Chicago’s Boystown, etc. Show More Summary

Study Finds Gay Neighborhoods Losing LGBT Cultural Identity

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In an upcoming book entitled There Goes the Gayborhood, University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani says that “fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighborhoods compared to 10 years ago” adding that “the number of gay men who live...

People In New York City And The Midwest Aren't Very Happy

Happiness is not equally distributed across the United States. A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser, University of British Columbia economics professor Joshua Gottlieb,...Show More Summary

Mixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birds

Mixed genes appear to drive hybrid birds to select more difficult routes than their parent species, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists. "Instead of taking well-trodden paths through fertile areas,...Show More Summary

Atlantic salmon also show capacity to adapt to warmer waters

Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures that are being seen with climate change, a group of scientists at the University of Oslo and University of British Columbia have discovered. The finding about Atlantic species adds to recent UBC-supported research on heat tolerance of Pacific salmon. read more

CU-Boulder-led team identifies fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog

Meet perhaps the tiniest hedgehog species ever: Silvacola acares. Its roughly 52-million-year-old fossil remains were recently identified by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team working in British Columbia. The hedgehog's scientific...Show More Summary

Newly discovered fungus holds clues to stopping superbugs

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A research team from McMaster University, the University of British Columbia and Cardiff University has discovered a fungus in the soil of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia that may offer hope in an increasingly fraught battle against...Show More Summary

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to next-generation bio-refining

A new biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials. It works by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. read more

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