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

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.

UBC research unearths Canadian sapphires fit for a queen

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.

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.

UBC Library acquires first known account of British Columbia by an English woman

UBC Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired a journal believed to be the earliest first-hand account of B.C. by an English woman. The journal was written by Susannah Weynton (née Hack, 1821-1901), wife of the master of the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship Cowlitz, Captain Alexander John Weynton.

Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six months of life

Many nursing home residents have a fairly pain-free experience until the end of life, but at least a third suffer persistent, significant pain during their last six months, according to a new study from the University of Manitoba, UBC, and University of Alberta that could have implications for end-of-life care in Canada.

Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness

New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness. The study, led by researchers at UBC 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.

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