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The Wisdom of Crowds

PhD student Justin Kim is working on intelligent “swarming” robots that could one day help rescue earthquake survivors and explore other planets

An Army of Tree Lovers

U of T’s Faculty of Forestry is teaching Torontonians how to care for one of the city’s most valuable resources – its trees

Spotlight on Dementia

An innovative blend of research and theatre is enabling scientists to reduce the stigma around a distressing disease

Perfecting the Knuckleball

A team of U of T engineering students has designed a machine that can throw baseball’s most difficult pitch

Predicting Genetic Disease

First-year student’s company lands $100,000 in start-up funding to identify individual genetic health risks

10 Vows for a Stronger Marriage

A U of T grad student wrote her wedding vows based on research into what makes a relationship last

Don’t Click That Link — Walk Through That Door!

A computer science grad reimagines two-dimensional web pages as 3-D virtual worlds

Into the Wilderness

Animals in Canada – and how they live, mate and die – inspire an indie concept album by a U of T biologist and friends

Help in a Heartbeat

Toronto’s public defibrillators could save more lives if they were placed in better locations, U of T researchers find

Arctic Sea Ice in Century-Long Decline

U of T scientist uses long-lived algae to track annual changes in northern climate back to 1300s

Business Ties

Governments should do more to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to forge links with businesses in their native countries, according to a U of T report

Leaning Left

Meditation might make you more liberal, according to new U of T research

Making Traffic Smarter

An intelligent transportation system could reduce wait times at traffic lights in Toronto by more than half

Intelligent Clothing

Architecture grad student Stacie Vos has developed a “smart” shirt that can detect germs and protect its wearer from them

What Causes Altitude Sickness?

New U of T research upends theories about how the body adapts to less oxygen

Is Air Quality Affecting Your Health?

A U of T prof is looking at the relationship between traffic emissions, health and how close people live to major roads

Energy Superpower – or Underachiever?

Canada must co-ordinate its energy research better if it wants to be a global player, according to a U of T report

Personalized Medication

Genetic testing may reveal what pharmaceutical drugs work best for you, with the fewest side effects

Subway to Mecca

The Saudi Arabian city is wrestling with a transit problem of Koranic proportions

Toronto’s Waterfront Conundrum

Why can’t Toronto’s waterfront emulate Chicago’s? Land ownership, says political science student Gabriel Eidelman

Photo by Machine Made at Flickr.com

Anti-Prejudice Campaigns Can Backfire

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

Bad Drivers?

U of T study shatters myth that recent immigrants cause more car accidents than other Canadians

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?

Seeing Red

Colours affect our emotional state, and maybe our motor control as well, new research has found

Photo by Chris Granger

Bar Brawls

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

Photo by Michael Monastyrskyi

How Big is Ford Country?

Rob Ford garnered more support downtown in last fall’s Toronto election than initially thought, analysis shows

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The Living City

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

Photo by Miwaza Jemimah http://miwaza.com

Folic’s Effects

The synthetic version of a micronutrient found in broccoli may have role in breast cancer, study finds

Finding the Fakes

U of T engineers help the TTC uncover counterfeit tokens

Easing Depression

Studies find that electrical stimulation to one side of the brain helps improve depression

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

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

Does Dieting Affect How You Think?

Yes, and not always in expected ways, research shows

Planetary Mysteries

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

The Shapes of Bones

New technique using X-rays could help forensic scientists identify the dead

The Polite Party

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

Is Having a Job Good for Your Health?

Research finds that young people without jobs are significantly more likely to die of all causes than employed people

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

Winter Really Is Bad for You

Cold climates are associated with early death and illness, according to new U of T research

Pay Now, Medicate Later

Economist proposes pension-like system to pay for drugs as Canada’s population ages

The True Nature of Time

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

In the Mood for Love

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

Prescription Pill Overdose

Researchers investigate the dangers of OxyContin

Cool Computing

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

The Price of Happiness

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

Diabetes and Driving

U of T study finds that diabetics who keep strict control of their blood sugar are more likely to be involved in a car accident, not less

Dating on the Rebound

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

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 Rules of Attraction

Tinkering with pheromones turns fruit flies into indiscriminate lovers

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

Pinocchio Parenting

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

Tainted Air

We pull bad food from the shelves as soon as possible, so why aren’t we more concerned about poor air quality?

The Paperwork Burden

Helping high schoolers fill out financial aid forms could boost post-secondary enrolment

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