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Anti-Prejudice Campaigns Can Backfire

They may have reverse effect of what they intend, U of T Scarborough psychologists find

Photo by Cindy Blazevic

Neighbourhood Watch

Students in U of T Scarborough’s City Studies program learn first-hand how local immigrants are adapting to life in Canada

Photo by Cindy Blazevic

The Universe in a Lab

Physics undergrad Aysha Abdel-Aziz is making her own unique contribution to a massive international research project

Is That Mozart, or a Machine?

Software developed at U of T can compose music in classical, pop or jazz styles – and as a solo or an ensemble of different instruments

Mind Games

Doctors have been trying for decades to classify mental illnesses. So why do precise definitions still elude us?

Meet Brian, the Social Robot

Advances in technology are bringing us robots that can interact naturally with humans

Caring for the Elderly

Women often look after their older relatives – for no pay. As populations age, this may have to change

Gay or Straight?

Do some cultures have better “gaydar” than others?

Photo: Tanja Tiziana

Bicycle Power!

Why not use exercise bikes to supply electricity back to the grid?

Photo by Chris Granger

Bar Brawls

It seems young men may fight primarily to gain the approval of … other men

Illustration by Yarek Waszul

A Cure for Red Tape

Instead of fighting bureaucratic inefficiency, why not go around it?

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The Living City

Engineers are using the idea of “urban metabolism” to design more sustainable neighbourhoods

Illustration by Brett Ryder

The Next Big Idea

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

Overqualified − and Stressed Out

Immigrants who are overqualified for their Canadian jobs might not just be bored. Their mental health might be suffering as well

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Can Our Forests Stand the Heat?

Scientists discover unusual die-off in sugar-maple leaves due to high spring temperatures

Photo: Image Source/Corbis

Do You Drink Too Much?

A behavioural scientist offers new criteria for defining how much is too much

The Age of a Face

The culture and language you are raised with can affect your ability to judge the age of people’s faces

Ending It All

We run our lives as we wish. Why can’t we have a say in our own death?

The Polite Party

Psychology research finds that conservatives are more concerned with order, liberals are more compassionate

In the Mood for Love

Women more likely than men to experience physical arousal without thinking that they’re aroused, study finds

The Price of Happiness

Workers paid hourly are generally happier, dollar for dollar, than those on salary, study finds

(Illustration by Robert Hanson)

Is Life Getting Better?

A new measure of “national wealth” would include health, education and other things Canadians consider important

Dating on the Rebound

For some people, dating right after a break-up may be a good idea

Pinocchio Parenting

Even parents who consider honesty extremely important frequently lie to their kids

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Revelations from Qumran

Ancient peoples may have viewed the Dead Sea scrolls much as we see the web – fluid, social and open to change

Illustration by James Joyce

Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Intelligence by itself doesn’t make you rational. Thinking rationally demands mental skills that some of us don’t have and many of us don’t use

How Rational Are You?

How Rational Are You?

Five questions to get you thinking

Author: Kurt Kleiner