Hungry for Hazardous Waste

How pollution-eating microbes could help clean up toxic sites

Investigating Media Bias

Visible minority political candidates get short shrift from newspapers, study finds

Vertical Forest

Can skyscraper condos be turned into lush green spaces?

The Risk of Innovating First

How should companies respond to technological disruption?

Introduction to The Disruption Dilemma

Professor Joshua Gans makes a case for disruption with Encyclopaedia Britannica

Brewed to a T

Using robotic technology, an engineering student lets tea drinkers create their perfect cuppa

When Memory Fails

Understanding how we learn and make memories will lead to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, says Brain Prize winner Graham Collingridge

Know Thy Selfie

Think you take great pics of yourself? Think again

The Cost of “Painless” Payment

Making purchases by card and smartphone instead of cash changes our perception of value — and that could spell trouble for consumers

Robot, You Can Drive My Car

Automated vehicles are almost here, but governments have done little to prepare, U of T analysts warn

A Few Simple Questions Could Change Your Dental Visit

Dentists should screen patients for anxiety to minimize their experience of pain, new research suggests

Mx

New honorific is for people who don’t want to reveal their gender

Rap Dreams

Where gangs rule, hip hop is a strongly positive force for youth, study finds

Much Ado about William

What explains Shakespeare’s enduring appeal, 400 years after his death?

Improve Your Punch

Hykso creates wearable tech for boxing

Making Camp

U of T prof’s designs let campers sleep over wetlands or high among trees

Who Are We Trying to Reach?

The case for academic writing that everyone can read

Cities in Ruins

Prof. Tong Lam’s photographs depict urban decay in Asia, and the parallels between security and surveillance in east and west

The Fast Lane Out of Poverty

Paved roads give households in developing nations a leg up

The Science of Disagreement

How our bodies unwittingly reveal our prejudices

Could Carbon Dioxide Be the Solution to Climate Change?

Greenhouse gas could be harvested from the atmosphere and recycled into renewable fuel, says researcher

Northern Exposure

A U of T prof aims to better understand the needs of cancer patients in Nunavut

Uberization

Companies such as Uber are disrupting entire industries, but this is good for the economy overall, says an economics prof

Pssst, Wanna Buy a Kidney?

Most people recoil at the thought of selling human organs. But supplying the right information can change attitudes, a U of T study finds

Data in Search of Scientists

With the U.S. facing a shortage of data analysts, a company led by a U of T grad is looking to bridge the gap

Cooling Off

Will the Paris climate accord succeed where Kyoto didn’t?

Words of Freedom

U of T is now home to the world’s largest digitized collection of Soviet samizdat journals

Why Do Tornadoes Form?

UTSC researcher uses 30 years of climate data to understand what causes these devastating storms

On the Right Track

Prof. Eric Miller wants to use improved data – and more of it – to help cities make better transit decisions

Team Spirit

Adolescents who play team sports are less likely to experience mental illness later in life, study finds

The 6ix

Toronto’s new nickname popularized by rap star Drake

A Cut Above

A “black box” for the operating room is leading to improved training for physicians and better knowledge of surgical errors

Say What?

Knowtions aims to make translating complex scientific documents into any language faster and more accurate

Seeking Refuge

What can be done about the global migrant crisis?

Taking Off

You’ve heard of burlesque? Now, there’s nerdlesque

Muscle and Metal

How a unique U of T collaboration is making life better for a student with cerebral palsy

The Hidden Lives of Cells

Novel protein “map” developed at U of T could yield better treatments for many diseases

Safe Passage

A student’s innovative rail car design would greatly reduce chances of an explosion

Lingo: Hyperpalatable

Some foods are engineered to be so tasty they’re difficult to resist, says nutritional scientist Venket Rao

Is Health a Human Right?

Recent cases in international law suggest the idea is gaining momentum

Street Theatre

A design for the Gardiner Expressway illustrates how U of T students are reimagining Toronto

Crazy Talk

Can we restore sanity and reason to politics?

Loan Ranger

Online peer-to-peer lending company hopes to change how Canadians obtain loans

The Medium and Her Message

Investigating attempts to communicate with the dead

Engineering a Human Liver

Liver tissue created in a U of T lab could help reduce the time and cost of drug development

A Robot’s Helping Hand

A U of T lab is developing new technologies to assist older people with daily tasks

Spoiled Rotten

A familiar problem in the West, food waste is quickly becoming a global issue

Cisgender

Applies to someone who is not transgender, and is often used to signal awareness of gender politics

Is It Time for a Universal Drug Plan?

Canadians could save billions through a nationwide plan to cover prescription drugs for all citizens

Architect’s Playground

Benjamin Dillenburger uses computers and 3D printers to create structures that are impossible to draw and almost impossible to imagine

Photo: Courtesy of ChipCare

Handheld Lab

U of T startup ChipCare gets set to unveil a revolutionary portable HIV blood-testing device

Photo: iStock

Locked Away

Is solitary confinement ever appropriate?

The Next Level

U of T and OCAD students team up to create award-winning video game

Our Problem With Stuff

What is driving North America’s obsession with hoarding?

Tiny Strokes May Cause Dementia

A U of T medical imaging study suggests lifestyle changes and medications could reduce brain’s white matter loss

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Before Science, There Was… Literature?

Not so long ago, theories about the natural world were often put forth in poems and plays

Homophily

The like-attracts-like nature of social media could be bad for democracy

The Dark Corners of Our DNA

A “deep-learning” algorithm shines a light on mutations in once-obscure areas of the genome

A Digital Coach

Wearable software created by U of T grads aims to help hobby athletes up their game

Travel Upgrade

For many Torontonians, the daily commute is a spirit-crusher. What if it could enrich your life instead?

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