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Lack of prosocial words impacts Congress approval rating

U.S. Congress approval ratings are at record lows. Now a new study suggests that this may be partly due to a decline in the use of warm, agreeable language in the House. The study, co-authored by University of British Columbia business...Show More Summary

Why an Architect Wrote a 52,438-Word Dissertation With No Punctuation

3 weeks agoNews : NewsFeed

Examiners at the University of British Columbia accepted it unanimously

Bungee Cord Nerve Explains How a Whale Eats So Much

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Scientists with the University of British Columbia have discovered a very unusual, and stretchy, part of the fin whale's anatomy. “A colleague picks up this big white bungee thing. He pulled it and it recoiled. Then pulled it again.Show More Summary

A Whale Can Swallow More Water Than Its Entire Body Volume

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Image: University of British Columbia) Rorqual whales eat by swallowing massive gulps of water, then filtering out fish and krill from the water. Scientists at the University of British Colombia recently discovered that those gulps of water can be larger than the whales themselves, which can grow up to 20 meters long. Show More Summary

Brivaracetam epilepsy drug could help treat Alzheimer's disease

University of British Columbia researchers say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The findings, published today in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, reinforce the theory that brain hyperexcitability...Show More Summary

'Chemo brain' is real, says study

Chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed 'chemo-brain,' the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, according to a University of British Columbia study which says it is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention. read more

Is Your Job ‘Routine’? If So, It’s Probably Disappearing

New research from Henry Siu at the University of British Columbia and Nir Jaimovich from Duke University shows just how much the world of routine work has collapsed.

Geoff De Ruiter builds tiny treehouse retreat for $8,200

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

"Working at heights is risky," affirms Geoff de Ruiter when quizzed by Gizmag on the challenges he faced while building a tiny treehouse perched 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia. Happily though, the University of Northern...Show More Summary

Weekly SSRN Tax Roundup

Morten Bennedsen & Stefan Zeume (Michigan), Corporate Tax Havens and Shareholder Value Chris Brooks (University of Reading) et al., Corporate Reputation and Optimal Tax Planning Wei Cui (University of British Columbia), Taxation of State Owned Enterprises: A Review of Empirical Evidence from China Judith Freedman (Oxford), Lord Hoffmann, Tax Law...

Salon’s “female viagra is long overdue” piece fell into the disease mongering trap

The following blog post is from one of our regular contributors, Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia,  a journalist, and author of the books  “Seeking Sickness” and “The ABCs of Disease Mongering”. These are his opinions. ———————————— It’s great to see young journalists – all enthusiastic and energetic — weigh [...]

3-D printing gets a way to instantly recycle plastic waste into new 3-D 'ink'

Three students at the University of British Columbia are working on a way to instantly recycle waste plastic into 3-D printing supplies.

U. British Columbia Doubles Down on Academic Freedom, Avoids Firestorm

Exceprted from the Vaccine Fact Check site: Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research...

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into new material. Although

Salish Sea seagull populations are half of that in the 1980s

The number of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia is down by 50 per cent from the 1980s and University of British Columbia researchers say the decline reflects changes in the availability of food. Researchers collected 100 years of data...Show More Summary

Reinventing Marketing: 5 Obsessions Today's Digital CMO Needs to Succeed

The traditional role of the CMO is changing. But before the new CMO can be successful, they need to fully embrace marketing technology I attended university in British Columbia, studying at a campus surrounded by soaring snow-capped mountains and in a city filled with boundless opportunities. Show More Summary

Doctors should use Twitter to understand their patients, study says

Twitter could help doctors relate to their patients better, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of British Columbia spent six months keeping track of tweets about stem cell research, especially as it relates to spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease. Show More Summary

Twitter could help share quality research too

Using Twitter can help physicians be better prepared to answer questions from their patients, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia. This challenges common opinion that physicians are reluctant to jump on the social media bandwagon. read more

A Psychologist Offers Tips On Keeping Your Relationship Spark Alive

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Is there science behind keeping the spark alive in long-term relationships? A psychology researcher from the University of British Columbia says yes... and she's got tips on how to keep love alive once the initial lust and sparkle dust starts to fade. Read more...

High seas fishing ban could boost global catches and redistribute income

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could be catch-neutral and distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC). The analysis of...Show More Summary

You Can Now Get a College Degree Focusing on Cristiano Ronaldo

4 months agoSports : Total Pro Sports

If you were looking for a reason to attend the University of British Columbia Okanagan, love Cristiano Ronaldo, and wish to focus in sociology, we here at TPS have got some great news for you! You can parlay all those things into a four year degree! The university isn’t just setting up a class, but […]

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