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Cooperative video game play elicits pro-social behavior, research finds

By |May 10th, 2015|

Playing video games cooperatively can lead to generalized helpfulness.

Credit: © Rido / Fotolia

Date: May 8, 2015

Source: Texas Tech University

Summary: A new study examined aggressive behavior between subjects playing games cooperatively, competitively and by themselves. It seems playing video games cooperatively with others can lead to widespread benefits by making players think helpful behaviors are valuable […]

Eat dark chocolate to beat the midday slump?

By |May 8th, 2015|

Date: May 8, 2015

Source: Northern Arizona University

Summary: An EEG study shows chocolate can increase brain characteristics of attention and significantly affect blood pressure levels. Historically, chocolate has been recognized as a vasodilator, meaning that it widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run, but chocolate also contains some powerful stimulants. Researchers wanted […]

What your smile says about where you’re from

By |May 6th, 2015|


Source: SCIENCE Magazine

By: Chris Cesare

If you come from a country of immigrants, you’re more likely to crack a friendly smile on the street. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which may explain why Americans beam more than their Chinese and Russian counterparts.

Scientists have known for decades that societies have their own unwritten rules about […]


By |April 25th, 2015|

Did you present at MURC? If so, you should definitely consider submitting your work to cIRcle. cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere […]

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

By |April 23rd, 2015|

Human embryos are at the centre of a debate over the ethics of gene editing.

Credit: Dr. Yorgos Nikas/SPL 

Source: Nature

Rumours of germline modification prove true — and look set to reignite an ethical debate.

In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & […]

Difficult to break the soda habit? Sugar-sweetened beverages suppress body’s stress response

By |April 19th, 2015|

Consumption of sugary drinks may be a tough habit to break because sugar consumption relieves stress in humans, a new study suggests.

Credit: © Joshua Resnick / Fotolia

Date: April 16, 2015

Source: Endocrine Society

Summary: Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, but diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not have the same effect, […]

Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2015

By |April 13th, 2015|

The Student Biotechnology Network and Genome BC are pleased to invite BC’s scientific community to our annual Research Exchange & Poster Competition. Students from BC’s academic institutions will have an opportunity to present their research to our province’s scientific community. Cash prizes will be given for the top three posters. Students will have the opportunity […]

Don’t blame kids if they do not enjoy school, study of twins suggests

By |April 9th, 2015|

Why are some young people more motivated to learn than others? Genetics may play a key role.

Credit: © Petro Feketa / Fotolia

Date: April 8, 2015

Source: Ohio State University

Summary: When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation. A study of more than 13,000 twins from six countries found that 40 […]

The Latest Breakthrough: A big bank balance leads to big-brained babies

By |April 3rd, 2015|

Mum and Dad’s money matters (Image: Sam Bassett/Getty)

Article by New Scientist

Original article by Penny Sarchet

Have Mum and Dad got a few quid to spare? You’d better hope so, because the wealthier your parents are, the larger the surface area of your brain is likely to be – a structural feature known to be associated with […]

Research Poster Guide

By |March 7th, 2015|

One of UBC’s graduate students, Nelly Amenyogbe, has created a great guide for making research posters!

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