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

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Handheld Lab

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

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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?

Bright Idea

A U of T grad’s paper-thin lamp technology could revolutionize the lighting industry

A New Kind of Telescope

The Dragonfly telescope created at U of T and Yale has led to the discovery of never-before-seen celestial structures

The North’s Vanishing Past

Max Friesen is racing against time to preserve the cultural history of Canada’s western arctic people

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Computer science students are developing a legal application for IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer as part of $100,000 contest

Biochar

Agriculture scientists have become interested in this potential environmental champion

When Time Began

A new telescope may shed light on the universe’s first moments

A Life-Saving Innovation

Recent grads win engineering design award for a low-cost medical device that will help keep patients breathing

On Shaky Ground

How should we evaluate the risks and benefits of fracking?

Tower Trouble

In India, urban renewal schemes and corruption have created a violent economy around the demolition of apartment buildings

Detecting the DTs

New app helps physicians diagnose alcohol withdrawal – and can tell when someone is faking it

Barrier to Entry

Canada’s process for screening potential immigrants for HIV is opaque and unfair, says prof Laura Bisaillon

Do You Want Your Kids to Tell the Truth?

Some children’s stories are much better than others at instilling honesty, research finds

The Business Unicorn

Companies that attain a $1-billion market valuation before their 10th year are vanishingly rare

A Better Path to Drug Discovery

Making pharmaceutical research more open could shave years off the time it takes to bring a new drug to market

From Toronto to St. Louis on a Litre of Fuel

U of T engineering students place second in international competition to create most fuel-efficient car

Sugar Rush

Foods that seem healthy often aren’t, and sugar is the latest culprit

Sky Line

Gondolas for the lakeshore: U of T students share their award-winning transit vision

Healthier Cooking

U of T students are collaborating with an Indian social enterprise to reduce the health hazards of indoor smoke

A Quicker Fix

A new app aims to smooth out the often prickly relationship between residents and property managers

Honest Lying

Brain dysfunction can cause us to make false statements that we believe to be true

A Spoonful of Mustard

First-year student discovers a potential new treatment for malaria that could be as close as your kitchen cupboard

What Happens to Our Digital Selves When We Die?

For Facebook and other technology companies it’s still an open – and troublesome – question

The Danger of Sitting Still

A new device promises to ease a major health concern for people with mobility problems

Labour Troubles

Canada’s temporary foreign workers program needs a rethink, says immigration expert Jeffrey Reitz

Stay Attentive, Drive Better

A U of T prof is using a simulator to test how to keep drivers off their smartphones — and focused on the road

A Robot That Helps Make Babies

Micro device developed at U of T could dramatically boost IVF’s effectiveness

Herb Appeal

Scientists aim to isolate and harness marijuana’s pain-killing properties to create more effective medicines

A Real-Life Cloaking Device

Invisibility appears possible as researchers use an electromagnetic field to hide objects

Hot Tubbing

In the world of law, hot tubbing is a common practice

Beyond the Group of Seven

Grad student Sara Angel has an ambitious idea to make Canadians more aware of our rich visual arts heritage

Word Perfect

New software will help people with speech problems be more clearly understood

The Meaning of Mandela

A South African reflects on the life and legacy of a human rights champion

Where People Pedal

Why are some wards more popular among cyclists than others?

The World’s Worst Greenhouse Gas

Widely used industrial chemical has 7,100 times the potential climate impact of carbon dioxide

Security in a Heartbeat

Tired of typing in passwords? A new device can identify you by your unique cardiac rhythm

Get Better, Sooner

Seamless Mobile Health aims to reduce hospital readmissions following surgery and save millions in medical costs

A Foot in Two Worlds

3-D printing is creating new opportunities – and raising intriguing questions – as digital and physical realms meld

Nudging

Adults more likely to behave in socially beneficial ways when prompted

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