Getting Smarter

A U of T computer scientist is helping to build a new generation of intelligent machines

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A New Test for Machine Intelligence

Determining whether computers can think like humans is not a straightforward task

What is Real?

Philosophy prof Ian Hacking’s ideas about science earn him $800,000 prize

When Time Began

A new telescope may shed light on the universe’s first moments

U of T’s Biggest Class Ever

Coursera brings online learning to the masses

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Fighting Tooth Decay

A new way of peering inside teeth could find lesions before they become cavities and eliminate the need for “drilling and filling”

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What Is Sacred?

Two U of T thinkers debate whether we can ever know what is truly “right” or “wrong”

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Detecting Cancer

A new technique using light and metal nanoparticles could help save lives

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The Next Big Idea

Ten concepts that could shape the future: from digital credentials to safer drugs to DNA-tailored diets and more

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Looking Skyward

James Graham aims for the stars as Dunlap Institute’s first director

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Life on Mars?

Scientists are trying to determine if methane in the Martian atmosphere came from living organisms

Finding the Fakes

U of T engineers help the TTC uncover counterfeit tokens

Planetary Mysteries

Discoveries of new planets outside our solar system are forcing astronomers to rethink theories of how planets form

Cheaper Digital X-Rays

Physicist John Rowlands has invented a way to deliver high-quality X-rays at a fraction of the regular cost

Smashing!

Now that the Large Hadron Collider is working, U of T physicists are preparing to sift through mountains of data in search of the elusive Higgs boson

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Smarter Buildings

A U of T computer scientist is developing a program to help predict – and ultimately reduce – buildings’ energy use

The True Nature of Time

A century after Einstein proposed his theory of relativity, scientists are still debating how time works

Cool Computing

A new kind of optical switch could allow computers to run 100 times faster – without overheating

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The Ads Have Eyes

Software uses tiny cameras to track who’s watching digital ad displays

We Are Star Stuff

A large asteroid could destroy all life on earth. But a “rain” of extraterrestrial debris long ago may have led to the conditions that started it, says a U of T geologist

The World’s Largest Telescope

As scientists prepare the next-generation space telescope, University of Toronto astronomers are pushing for an even larger ground-based scope

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Computer Vision

Want to know where an unidentified picture was taken? A computer program being developed at U of T can help

To Boldly Go

U of T’s Dunlap Institute will step up the search for worlds beyond our solar system

Sunnier Days

High energy prices are giving solar cells a new-found lustre

A Blast into the Universe’s Past

Astronomy prof Barth Netterfield stars in new documentary about a high-flying telescope

God’s Laboratory

This spring, an international team of physicists, including several from U of T, will launch the most ambitious science experiment ever devised. Their goal: to unlock the secrets of the universe

Sara Seager

Astronomer is aiding the search for another Earth

Nima Arkani-Hamed

Harvard physicist seeks theory to unite relativity with quantum mechanics

Ghost Worlds

The search for other Earths

What Is a Planet?

Recent discoveries force astronomers to rethink long-held definition

A Whole New World of Study

U of T Scarborough to launch planetary science program

Eureka!

Where do great ideas come from?

Great Eureka Moments in History

From Isaac Newton to Sir Paul McCartney, inspiration arrived suddenly

Can Machines Be Creative?

The question is challenging both computer scientists and psychologists

The Big Picture

U of T cosmologists are piecing together the epic table of how the universe has evolved over 14 billion years

Stay Tuned

The spirit of Edward S. Rogers Sr. is energizing a new wave in communications

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With a Student in Crisis, a Faculty Rallies

In an instant, Emma’s hopes of becoming a nurse were dashed. Could she make the journey back?

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Plan B: The Power of Reinvention

Scrapping everything and taking a fresh approach can be exhilarating. But sometimes change is not a choice

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U of T’s 191st Birthday Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 191st anniversary on March 15!

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Finding Comfort in Food

Edna Staebler was 55 when her marriage ended. She thought she would grow old alone, impoverished and unhappy. Then she wrote a cookbook

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Make No Mistake

Can a group of Toronto hospitals eliminate medical errors?

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There Is No Magic Formula When Quitting an Addiction

By 28, I’d been arrested, convicted and kicked out of grad school. But it took me another two years to end my love affair with drugs

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Seniors Want to Know Whom They Can Trust Online

U of T study finds older Canadians are highly concerned about digital security – sometimes to their disadvantage

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Save Your Money

An app from Vicis Labs aims to help millennials and the precariously employed manage their cash

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A New Life After Loss

Over more than two decades, Rena Arshinoff built a successful career in medical science. Then she felt a spiritual call

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Strength in Numbers

Our first-ever Alumni Impact Survey reveals that U of T alumni are making massive social, cultural and economic contributions around the world

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After the Shooting, a Search for Salvation

U of T sociology professor Jooyoung Lee spent time with 40 people who had been shot to record how their lives had changed. Their stories are harrowing and instructive. This is just one

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Is Ending Homelessness in Toronto Possible?

For U of T student and Fix the 6ix founder Deanna Lentini, it’s a mission

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Ghost Effects

Social psychologist Michael Inzlicht launched his academic career on the study of “ego depletion.” His research suggested it was real. Then came doubts

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Fanny & Keats

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Velut Arbor ævo

What does U of T’s motto mean?

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Bringing Up Baby

What U of T nursing students learn about infant care has changed a lot since the 1950s

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Expecting the Unexpected

U of T provides an unparalleled setting in which students can prepare for a world of possibilities

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The City is Her Patient

Eileen de Villa targets opioids and homelessness as Toronto’s new medical officer of health

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Down Feathers

“People’s Choice” winner in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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The Serious Business of Being Funny

Trinity College student Celeste Yim is on a mission to get students laughing

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The Mathematician

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Why Do We Make Bad Shopping Decisions?

Economists have long known that consumers can make confounding choices when presented with too much selection. But they’ve never agreed on why. Enter neuroscience

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The Art of Design

Gord Dorrett explains why FORREC has given $100,000 to support a “critique room” at U of T’s new Daniels Building

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60 Seconds With Conan Tobias

Taddle Creek’s editor-in-chief shares the back story of a uniquely Canadian magazine

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The Struggle Is Real

Filmmaker Maureen Judge’s latest project captures stories of millennials venturing out on their own

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Business Threats Can Arise at Any Time. Are You Ready?

It’s easy to say “be prepared.” Scouts learn it. Even Scar in The Lion King sang it. So why do executives so often avoid it?

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Top of the Class in Canada

Across international rankings, U of T remains one of the top publicly funded universities in the world

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The Day the Stars Collided

It was all hands on deck for U of T astronomers during a rare cosmic event that led to the first sighting of a new object

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Guitar Hero

Liona Boyd talks about her new memoir and album, her 5 million YouTube hits, and her pen pal, Prince Philip

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The Big Bang

Life on Earth exploded about 540 million years ago. Scientists are now beginning to understand why

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Enter the Dragon

Why did this U of T alum build a fire-breathing dragon bus? To go to Burning Man, of course!

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Love Yourself First

How do you foster greater self-worth and, in turn, help others? Nurture your inner foundation, says author and U of T alum Renu Persaud

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What Does an Ethnographer Do?

The goal is to get “an intimate and authentic representation of the person’s life,” says U of T prof Jooyoung Lee

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2017 Writing Contest Winners

Read all the winners, runners-up and readers’ choice favourites in the U of T Magazine Writing Contest

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Bringing Smiles to Uganda

On a two-week visit to remote villages, a U of T dental team fixes teeth – and changes lives

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Yoga Is Good for You

But just what are the health benefits?

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What Will Solve the Replication Crisis?

U of T scholars and others are calling for four major changes to how research is conducted

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Women Are in the House!

A unique U of T program that takes 100 female students to Parliament Hill aims to encourage more women to enter politics

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The Registrar Who Championed Me

A U of T staff member helped Cheryl Perera manage her schoolwork while she fought for children’s rights

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Our Partners in Africa

On a visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda, U of T president Meric Gertler affirms the power of collaborations – and sees potential for new ones

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Poll: Have You Ever Switched Majors?

Many students change programs to pursue newfound interests

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Somewhere Between Me and the Desert

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Letters to the Editor

Syrian doctor Khaled Almilaji’s story resonated with readers, as did Prof. Barth Netterfield’s article on science and faith

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A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

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What Does It Mean to Replicate a Study?

Replication studies put researchers’ conclusions to the test by creating new versions of the original experiment

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Fire and Ice

U of T photographer Laura Pedersen takes in a sunset view of Toronto’s Beach in the heart of winter

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Failing is Part of Innovating

How an early defeat helped U of T alum Tom Jenkins and his company, OpenText, succeed

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A Scholar Who Spoke Up for an Entire People

The question of a Kurdish homeland was central to Prof. Amir Hassanpour’s life and career

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With Restored Sight Comes Opportunity and Hope

A gift from the Nanji family to U of T will help people “see the light of all the world”

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In Memoriam: Jack Canfield

A passionate Wittgenstein scholar, he also pursued a spiritual practice in the Zen tradition

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In the Spotlight, Yet Invisible

Alumna Ellen Tang helps immigrants feel less alone by recalling other newcomers’ stories

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Finger on the Button

Could a war of words lead to an actual war between the U.S. and North Korea?

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A Mother in Six Tones

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

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An Open Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

People’s choice in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Will they ever be?

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There’s Great Potential for AI in Health Care, but also Many Questions

A U of T research team is examining ethical issues around the use of artificial intelligence in medicine

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Many Medicines Are Considered Essential. Not All Are Effective

A U of T doctor is leading efforts to review the medical evidence for more than 2,200 commonly prescribed drugs

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A Prisoner No More

For Kyla Fox, an eating disorder felt like a life sentence. Now recovered, she helps other people overcome theirs

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What You Can Do with an Advanced Degree

Many recent PhD grads are professors, but a growing number, especially in the sciences, have landed jobs in the private sector

Author: Dan Falk