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Many Medicines Are Considered Essential. Not All Are Effective

A U of T doctor is leading efforts to review the medical evidence for more than 2,200 commonly prescribed drugs

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One of Canada’s Mightiest Computers Tackles a Very Complex Question

A U of T professor is using serious processing power to understand what role the world’s oceans play in climate change

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Predicting Where Infectious Diseases Will Strike Next

Climate change adds a new wrinkle in the quest to get out in front of epidemics

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Dark Data

The usefulness of “steps per day” and other information our devices help us track

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Could This Palm-Sized Cube Replace an Entire Lab?

Spartan Bioscience, founded by three alumni, aims to make DNA testing more accessible

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Ready Student One

English class gets an update with a new kind of “text”

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All In on Gutenberg

Students in Prof. Paolo Granata’s book and media studies class learn print culture terms while playing poker

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Greener Pastures

Can a simple high-tech tool for farmers boost crop yields in developing countries?

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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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A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

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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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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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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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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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Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

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Yoga Is Good for You

But just what are the health benefits?

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AI’s Quantum Leap

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

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Astroturfing

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

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Some Forgetfulness? It’s a Good Thing

Researchers discover that our brain erases certain memories for a reason

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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

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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

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What Canada Got Right

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

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How Much Methane?

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

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

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

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Data Minding

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

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Woke

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

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A Stronger Safety Net

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

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The Value of a University

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

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Reimagining Toronto’s Ravines

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

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Revealing the True You

New model for assessing personality traits could benefit employers

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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

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Lowering Barriers to Higher Ed

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

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Post-Truth Politics

When lying becomes an acceptable political strategy

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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

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Making Money Out of Thin Air

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

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Black and Blue

How do we restore trust between minority communities and police?

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Let’s Get Physical

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

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Of Hearth and Home – and Health

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

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Hungry for Hazardous Waste

How pollution-eating microbes could help clean up toxic sites

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Investigating Media Bias

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

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Vertical Forest

Can skyscraper condos be turned into lush green spaces?

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The Risk of Innovating First

How should companies respond to technological disruption?

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Introduction to The Disruption Dilemma

Professor Joshua Gans makes a case for disruption with Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Brewed to a T

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

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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

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Know Thy Selfie

Think you take great pics of yourself? Think again

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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

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Robot, You Can Drive My Car

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

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A Few Simple Questions Could Change Your Dental Visit

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

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Mx

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

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Rap Dreams

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

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Much Ado about William

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

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Improve Your Punch

Hykso creates wearable tech for boxing

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Making Camp

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

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Who Are We Trying to Reach?

The case for academic writing that everyone can read

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Cities in Ruins

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

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The Fast Lane Out of Poverty

Paved roads give households in developing nations a leg up

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The Science of Disagreement

How our bodies unwittingly reveal our prejudices

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Could Carbon Dioxide Be the Solution to Climate Change?

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

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Northern Exposure

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

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Many Medicines Are Considered Essential. Not All Are Effective

A U of T doctor is leading efforts to review the medical evidence for more than 2,200 commonly prescribed drugs

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Could This Palm-Sized Cube Replace an Entire Lab?

Spartan Bioscience, founded by three alumni, aims to make DNA testing more accessible

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Ready Student One

English class gets an update with a new kind of “text”

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All In on Gutenberg

Students in Prof. Paolo Granata’s book and media studies class learn print culture terms while playing poker

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Greener Pastures

Can a simple high-tech tool for farmers boost crop yields in developing countries?

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Predicting Where Infectious Diseases Will Strike Next

Climate change adds a new wrinkle in the quest to get out in front of epidemics

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Dark Data

The usefulness of “steps per day” and other information our devices help us track

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One of Canada’s Mightiest Computers Tackles a Very Complex Question

A U of T professor is using serious processing power to understand what role the world’s oceans play in climate change

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The Gay Voice

Some men may subconsciously adopt certain female speech patterns

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Labour Days

Chinese propaganda posters from the 1960s celebrate work as an act of nation-building

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Naturally Cool

An experimental green roof is built atop the Daniels Faculty

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Solar-Powered Flight

A new kind of aircraft could fly 1,000 km powered only by the sunlight that shines on its back

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Africentric Schools

Professor George Dei says parents of black children have been concerned for 30 years that the Toronto school system is not serving their children. “It was time to try a new approach.”

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Preventing Concussions

Dr. Charles Tator is trying to promote awareness of the dangers posed by even mild head injuries.

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When Opposing Thoughts Attract

Roger Martin, dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, illustrates his concept of “integrative thinking” in his new book

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Averting Disaster

BP oil spill could have been avoided if the company had used the “precautionary principle,” says prof

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Second Opinion

The real world offers many sources of medical advice. Soon virtual worlds may, too

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What’s a CEO Worth?

Rotman dean Roger Martin says executive pay shouldn’t be tied to a company’s stock price, after all

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Meet Brian, the Social Robot

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

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Smarter Buildings

A U of T computer scientist is developing a program to help predict – and ultimately reduce – buildings’ energy use

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Seeing Into the “Soul” of Cells

A technology developed at U of T to analyze cells could lead to earlier disease diagnoses and more targeted treatments

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What Was I Thinking?

Ecstasy use can lead to memory impairment, study finds

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Don’t Overdo It!

Women who exercise strenuously may be at greater risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds

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Addicted to Love

The American Psychiatric Association is considering whether “hypersexual disorder” should be included in its next guide to mental illness

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Exit Strategy

This fall, the City of Toronto will test a U of T program that offers youths alternatives to gang life

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The Future of Regent Park

Will low-income tenants benefit from the neighbourhood’s redevelopment?

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A Meditative State of Mind

What are people really doing when they’re meditating?

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Debugging

A forestry prof believes a local parasite could help protect Ontario’s ash trees from a deadly invader

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All the Young Dudes

Toronto’s gay community favours young, fit, Caucasian men.

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The Smell of Success

Prof is researching bacteria that could “eat” air pollutants

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Blocking the Buzz

New device provides better “masking” for tinnitus sufferers

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Thirsty Lands

Rod Tennyson’s dream of a trans-African pipeline would bring clean water to millions.

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The Vitamin D Crisis

Dark-skinned Canadians may face higher risk of disease due to vitamin D deficiency, doctor warns

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Can a Brain Change?

Dr. Norman Doidge argues that the brain is far more malleable than previously thought

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Computer Vision

Want to know where an unidentified picture was taken? A computer program being developed at U of T can help

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How Cities Compare

Urban centres have a huge impact on their residents’ well-being. So how can we make them better?

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The Power of Television

A popular sitcom may be changing the way we speak

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The Ideal Distance from Farm to Fork

Local food isn’t always environmentally the best, says geography prof Pierre Desrochers

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The Benefits of Fast Food

Low-grade or even recycled food grease can be turned into a usable diesel fuel substitute

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Second Skin

Machine-made skin being developed at U of T may be safer, faster and cheaper than traditional grafts

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Islamic Finance

Religion meets banking in a new course at Rotman

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A Million Dollars, Baby

Computer science team vies for Netflix prize

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Teamwork Differs for Men and Women

Study finds that men prefer more hierarchical groups

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Do You Drink Too Much?

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

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Genes and Politics

Do our genes influence whom we vote for or whether we vote? They can, says politics prof Peter Loewen

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Digital Nip/Tuck

Software simulates plastic surgery

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Islam and the Bible

What do Arabic translations of Christianity’s holy book reveal about three of the world’s great religions?

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The Evolution of the Book in Canada

New volume traces print back hundreds of years

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At a Loss for Words

Did Alzheimer’s kill crime novelist Agatha Christie?

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Care for the Aged

Canada faces a shortage of geriatricians for a rapidly greying population, says Dr. Barry Goldlist

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Is Depression on the Rise?

Increasing use of antidepressants in Canada

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One Patient, One Record

There are plenty of compelling reasons for health records to go digital. So why are some doctors resisting?

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Birthright Lottery

Why should the accidental circumstances of birth confer almost unlimited opportunity to some and condemn others to a life of struggle?

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The Single Life

Is ‘one’ really the loneliest number?

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A Healing Spark

A tiny electrode implanted in the brain may help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, depression and other disorders

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Property Value

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Not for much longer

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Arms and the Prehistoric Man

Discovery suggests human ancestors began hunting with stone-tipped spears far earlier than previously thought

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New Solution for Blood Transfusions

Cell-free hemoglobin may be an option for patients otherwise opposed to transfusions

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Medieval Melodies

Finding the sound of lost medieval music

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Stem Cell Pioneers

Discovery by James Till and Ernest McCulloch stands as “one of the most remarkable medical-research achievements of the 20th century”

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