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New 508-million-year-old bristle worm species from British Columbia's Burgess Shale wiggles into evolutionary history

Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto have described an exceptionally well-preserved new fossil species of bristle worm called Kootenayscolex barbarensis. Discovered from the 508-million-year-old Marble...Show More Summary

Aid for oceans and fisheries in developing world drops by 30 percent

(University of British Columbia) Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30 percent, finds a new study from UBC and Stockholm Resilience Centre researchers, published in Marine Policy. Projects focusing on climate issues in fisheries had a 77 percent decline over the five years studied.

Sex education doesn't reflect real-life realities of lesbian and bisexual girls

(University of British Columbia) Most lesbian and bisexual girls don't know they can get sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from other girls, because sex education is mostly designed for their straight peers. This knowledge gap could be placing them at increased risk for getting STIs.

Study suggests 'women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner’s scent'

Stress-causing situations, individuals, and events are everywhere, but researchers with the University of British Columbia suggest the remedy is close at hand. Read more...

Stressed out? Try smelling your partner's shirt

(University of British Columbia) The scent of a romantic partner can help lower stress levels, new psychology research from the University of British Columbia has found. Women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner's scent, but being exposed to a stranger's scent had the opposite effect and raised levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Airbnb and 14 ‘unicorns’ that aren’t worth as much as you think

Unicorn startups — or startups with a reported valuation above $1 billion — have become so ubiquitous that a 2017 report by Stanford professor Ilya A. Strebulaev and University of British Columbia professor Will Gornall estimates that their combined valuation totals over $700 billion. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

Discounting humanity: Bargain hunters see customer service workers as less human

(University of British Columbia) Everyone loves a bargain, but new research suggests some employees may be getting short-changed when it comes to how consumers perceive them when they are price-conscious.

A repurposed drug could open door to more stem cell transplants

(University of British Columbia) Etanercept, a drug used to treat arthritis and psoriasis, boosted the survival of blood stem cells in a mouse model. The findings provide a strong basis for a clinical trial to see whether etanercept or a similar drug would improve outcomes for people receiving blood stem cell transplants.

Halogens can increase solar cell performance by 25 per cent

(University of British Columbia) New research from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that using halogens--a class of elements that include fluoride, bromine, chlorine and iodine--in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25 per cent. Show More Summary

People with Type 2 diabetes need more support, say researchers

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Research shows the old adage 'teach someone to fish' instead of giving them a fish, rings true when it comes to helping people with Type 2 diabetes. The objective was to identify the behavior...Show More Summary

Drones count the costs of the 2017 B.C. wildfires

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are using drones to survey the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in B.C.

Doctor re-examines evidence on UTIs in patients with spinal cord injury

(University of British Columbia) People with spinal cord injuries rely on catheters to empty their bladder. When a well-respected publication concluded that catheters could be reused without an increased risk of infection, it didn't sit right with a Vancouver clinician and researcher. Show More Summary

Spinal cord injury affects the heart

Spinal cord injury affects the heart, that's what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada has found. The heart undergoes changes after spinal cord injury...Show More Summary

How Did the Grizzly Bear Cross the Road?

In 1997, Adam Ford, a researcher in wildlife restoration ecology at the University of British Columbia, and his collaborators had a query that sounds like the beginning of a child's joke: How do animals cross the road? It’s an important question, because animals are chronic jaywalkers. Show More Summary

Forests are the key to fresh water

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change.

University study shows iPhones can miss 21% of your steps – but half of it is your fault

2 months agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

If you use the Activity or Health app on your iPhone to keep track of the number of steps you walk each day, you’re probably doing better than you think. A study by the University of British Columbia found that the iPhone underestimates the number of steps people take by up to 21.5% … more…

Smartphone health apps miss some daily activity of users

(University of British Columbia) The iPhone's Health app and its built-in pedometer miss a significant number of users' steps during a typical day, a new University of British Columbia study has found. That's good news for people who self-monitor their physical activity; they are probably getting more exercise than they realize. Show More Summary

Popular Leftist YouTuber ContraPoints Gets Caught Up in University of British Columbia Free Speech Debate

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

ContraPoints agreed to participate in a conversation along with prominent conservative YouTubers. by Katie Herzog Natalie Parrott aka ContraPoints in "Decrypting the Alt-Right" ContraPoints/YouTube The latest drama coming out of higher...Show More Summary

Transgender youth avoid health care due to discomfort with doctors

(University of British Columbia) Close to half of transgender young Canadians aren't accessing health care when they need it, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

UBC Okanagan researchers discover neurotoxin in Lake Winnipeg

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A new study from UBC's Okanagan campus has found that BMAA -- a toxin linked to several neurodegenerative diseases -- is present in high concentrations during cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Winnipeg.

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