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Forests are the key to fresh water

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.

UBC Okanagan researchers discover neurotoxin in Lake Winnipeg

Toxin found in Cyanobacteria during periods of bloom 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. “Cyanobacteria blooms have become increasingly common in Lake Winnipeg since the 1990s,” says Susan Murch, associate professor of chemistry at […]

UBC study finds family-friendly overpasses are needed to help grizzly bears

Researchers have determined how female grizzly bears keep their cubs safe while crossing the Trans-Canada Highway.

Send the kids outside but let them take their devices with them

UBC research determines technology and outdoor play can go hand-in-hand It may seem counter-intuitive to many parents, but a UBC researcher says children are able to engage in nature and have fun outside, even with a mobile device in their hands. Maxine Crawford, a PhD candidate in psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, says today’s parents […]

Science confirms you should stop and smell the roses

Is it any wonder that most happiness idioms are associated with nature? Happy as a pig in muck, happy as a clam, happy camper.

UBC researchers create definitive method to detect wildfire tainted wine grapes

Wine producers and grape growers have a new, powerful tool at their disposal to help manage the impact of grapes exposed to smoke from forest fires.

New study suggests psychedelic drugs may reduce criminal behaviour

Newly published research suggests that common psychedelic drugs—such as magic mushrooms, LSD and mescaline—may reduce criminal offences.