AI’s Quantum Leap

In combining two of computing’s hottest trends, the Creative Destruction Lab sees new opportunities for startups

Astroturfing

The practice of faking a grassroots movement gets an update in the age of social media

Some Forgetfulness? It’s a Good Thing

Researchers discover that our brain erases certain memories for a reason

Among Syrian Refugees, a Need for Insulin and Heart Meds

As the media share images of wounded migrants, some of the biggest medical threats go almost unmentioned

How a Verbal Test Can Reveal Your Brain Health

WinterLight Labs analyzes speech for evidence of even mild dementia. All patients need to do is describe a picture

What Canada Got Right

An acceptance of diversity may be the country’s defining strength

How Much Methane?

A U of T study aims to create the most accurate estimate yet of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions

U of T Doctors Keep Patient Alive Without Lungs for Six Days

The procedure allowed Melissa Benoit to have a life-saving transplant

Data Minding

A mathematician offers ideas on how to protect ourselves from hackers without making our digital devices impossibly complex to use

Woke

The term emerges from African-American vernacular as a call to action, says U of T prof Cassandra Lord

A Stronger Safety Net

Can a minimum income guarantee help lift people out of poverty? Ontario is about to find out

The Value of a University

How much do U of T alumni contribute to Toronto, Canada and the world?

Reimagining Toronto’s Ravines

Daniels students’ projects find new uses for the the city’s neglected river valleys

Revealing the True You

New model for assessing personality traits could benefit employers

The English of a Millennium Ago

Now at “H,” the Dictionary of Old English aims to define every word from the language’s earliest days

Lowering Barriers to Higher Ed

Helping high school students apply to college and university leads to higher enrolment, study finds

Post-Truth Politics

When lying becomes an acceptable political strategy

Can Artificial Intelligence Solve the Mystery of Genetic Disease?

Prof. Brendan Frey and his team are harnessing machine learning to figure out what makes us sick

Making Money Out of Thin Air

U of T startup Exact Media finds a way to turn excess space into a business

Black and Blue

How do we restore trust between minority communities and police?

Let’s Get Physical

U of T prof’s new website tracks the physical activities multicultural Torontonians enjoy

Of Hearth and Home – and Health

A simple U of T innovation could help prevent burns among millions of children in developing countries

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

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