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How cold can you go? Scientists use helium at approximately 4.2 Kelvin, equivalent to -268.95ºC, just 4˚C above absolute zero, to cool down certain materials. Photo: SBQMI/UBC.

Get a glimpse of some of the ‘coolest’ labs at UBC where researchers are probing the mysterious properties of materials under ultra-cold conditions.


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The needle-in-the-haystack problem is really a data science problem. Photo: iStock.

Modern medicine produces a massive amount of information about patients, but what good is the data without a way to understand it? A UBC computer scientist is finding ways to uncover secrets in the haystack of data.


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The upside of certain worm infections is that they might limit the development of some chronic inflammatory conditions. Image: istock.

By studying how infectious worms interact with our immune system, we may one day be able to treat diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and even allergies.


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Mosquito in lab resting on mesh. Photo: Paul Joseph/UBC.

“There’s something aesthetically beautiful about mosquitoes, in a sort of a horrible evolutionary way,” says UBC biologist Ben Matthews.


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Recreating lab experiences online can be a challenge, but UBC professors are finding ways to shift student learning. Photo: istock.

Universities across the world have shifted to online classes. But certain types of research and learning require labs. UBC professors explain how they are tackling lab work and lab courses.

Sara Harris, Professor of Teaching and Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Science


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Pulling nets. When catching seals we employ different methods to outfit them with telemetry tags and track them. Photo: R. Gryba.

A UBC statistical ecologist is trying to develop better methods to include Indigenous Knowledge in animal movement and habitat mathematical models.


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Science outreach experts are trying to keep kids learning and interested in science and engineering activities and topics. Photo: UBC Geering Up.

UBC experts explain why online outreach for youth isn’t as simple as just digitizing curricula.

Physics and Astronomy Outreach

Connection between facilitators and participants is central to meaningful experiences, so we focus on activities where participants interact with physicists and astronomers online.


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Bumble bee on chives, which is a food and a flower, in my garden. Photo: Jennifer Lipka.

Overshadowed by their more famous cousin, the honey bee, bumble bees have been understudied. But UBC’s Jennifer Lipka wants to get a closer look at these fuzzy insects.

By Jennifer Lipka, UBC BeeHIVE Research Cluster

UBC Science

Stories from the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia | Edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, assistant editor Koby Michaels | science.ubc.ca

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