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Off-grid rainforest cabin built from scratch has minimal site impact

33 minutes agoLifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat

There’s no replacement for hands-on experience. Architecture students at the University of British Columbia designed and built this off-the-grid cabin from scratch. Located in the heart of a coastal rainforest on Gambier Island, SALAmander is a timber retreat sheltered beneath a leafy green canopy. Show More Summary

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air

(University of British Columbia) Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.

UBC researcher looks to the future of bone replacements

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) A UBC Okanagan researcher has discovered a new artificial bone design that can be customized and made with a 3-D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements.

Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch the smartphone

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from UBC's Okanagan campus.

UBC PoWG Fact Sheet: 'Improving Water Quality with Novel Diagnostics - Metagenomics'

I just got an email from the Program on Water Governance (PoWG) at the University of British Columbia that featured this brief: Improving Water Quality with Novel Diagnostics: Policy Brief on the Potential Use of Metagenomics for Improved Water Quality Testing. Show More Summary

New malaria analysis method reveals disease severity in minutes

(University of British Columbia) University of British Columbia investigators have found that measuring changes in red blood cell deformability is a robust, sensitive method for inferring heme-induced oxidative stress. Using a simple UBC-developed device that measures RBC deformability, malaria progression may be assessed in a matter of minutes.

How this Canadian university developed its own private cloud, shared it with others

The data explosion hit the University of British Columbia hard a few years ago, because provincial law required that personal information in the custody of a public institution had to be stored and accessed only in Canada. So the school’s IT department developed its own private cloud to handle the load. Show More Summary

Algorithms that can sketch, recreate 3-D shapes

(University of British Columbia) A University of British Columbia computer scientist has created a new software that can create a design sketch of an everyday object, addressing the challenge of accurately describing shapes.

Breakthrough software teaches computer characters to walk, run, even play soccer

(University of British Columbia) Computer characters and eventually robots could learn complex motor skills like walking and running through trial and error, thanks to a milestone algorithm developed by a University of British Columbia researcher.

Buying Services That Save Time Could Make You Happier

If you scrub your own toilets and fold your own clothes, and you've just never found a way to enjoy it, this study's for you. Researchers at Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that buying services to...

UBC research unearths Canadian sapphires fit for a queen

(University of British Columbia) New research from UBC mineralogists could make it easier to find high-quality Canadian sapphires, the same sparkling blue gems that adorn Queen Elizabeth II's Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch.

Hostage situation or harmony? Researchers rethink symbiosis

(University of British Columbia) Relationships where two organisms depend on each other, known as symbiosis, evoke images of partnership and cooperation. But a new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution shows that, when it comes to certain microorganisms, symbiotic partners are actually being held 'hostag.'

Trees can make or break city weather

Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

Trees can make or break city weather

(University of British Columbia) Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

Spending money on saving time make you happier: Study

Throughout our lives, we have been told that money does not buy happiness. However, a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business school think otherwise. For most of our lives, the accumulation...Show More Summary

Smart surface enables advanced manipulation of droplets

(University of British Columbia) Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed an inexpensive, scalable smart surface that is powered by just a conventional electric battery. The copper-based surface changes from being highly water-repellent (superhydrophobic) to highly water-absorbent (superhydrophilic) as electric potential is applied.

Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness

(University of British Columbia) New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can't buy happiness. The study, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, suggests that using money to buy free time -- such as paying to delegate household chores like cleaning and cooking -- is linked to greater life satisfaction.

Immune cells the missing ingredient in new bladder cancer treatment

(University of British Columbia) New research offers a possible explanation for why a new type of cancer treatment hasn't been working as expected against bladder cancer.

UBC researchers test 3-D-printed water quality sensor

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have designed a tiny device -- built using a 3-D printer -- that can monitor drinking water quality in real time and help protect against waterborne illness.

Steering an enzyme's 'scissors' shows potential for stopping Alzheimer's disease

(University of British Columbia) UBC scientists find that changing where an enzyme cuts amyloid beta precursor protein can determine whether Alzheimer's disease develops.

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