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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

3D Movies in the Sky

A U of T startup is developing a whole new kind of night-time entertainment

The War of Currents

U of T startup ARDA Power is looking to change people’s ideas about where electricity should come from

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Were Invented by U of T Alumni

The list includes everything from life-saving innovations to everyday conveniences

Making the World Unsafe Again?

Donald Trump’s presidency is raising the risk of violent conflict among the world’s great powers

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“Instagram for Doctors” Helps Physicians Solve Medical Puzzlers

A smartphone app co-created by a U of T alum allows health professionals to share images of unusual cases

Data Science Meets the Holiday Party

Unsure of how to pair wine with cheese? A U of T scientist offers a unique solution

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

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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

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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Voyage Into Ice

Daniel Kukla’s camera discovers an otherworldly Arctic

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Still Air

Reem Eissa captures raw emotions through photography

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150 Years of Varsity Football

Gala fundraiser at Great Hall in Hart House will mark Blues milestone

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The Gay Voice

Some men may subconsciously adopt certain female speech patterns

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Building Boom

Since 2005, a total of 37 major building projects have been completed or are now underway

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