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AI and the MD

Doctors will soon use artificial intelligence to help diagnose and treat patients, opening up new possibilities for better health

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Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Could it be they’re missing something uniquely human?

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Bringing Sci-Fi to Life

From virtual worlds to brain-­ computer interfaces — seven  intriguing technologies that U of T scientists are working on right now

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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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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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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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Beginnings

Setting out on a new path takes courage. But it’s a risk that often turns out to be its own reward

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On a Mission of Compassion

The recipient of a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Deborah Emilia Solomon wants to devote her engineering career “to the service of others”

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For this Syrian Grad Student, a Fresh Start

Denied re-entry into the U.S. to complete his studies in public health, Khaled Almilaji finds a warm welcome at U of T

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When Getting a Job Is Mission Impossible

Laws to end workplace discrimination against people with disabilities have mostly failed to boost employment. Sociologist David Pettinicchio wants to know why

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So You Want to Build a Startup?

10 tips from some of Canada’s top entrepreneurs

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Lost Words

Dozens of Indigenous languages in Canada are in danger of disappearing. What will it take to save them?

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Warrior for Peace

U of T physicist Ursula Franklin staunchly opposed weapons of mass destruction. As Cold War tensions rise, her work remains as relevant as ever

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What the World Needs Now

How U of T’s Boundless campaign is lifting the university, the city and beyond

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A Place to Reimagine the World

U of T’s Boundless campaign is helping the university – and Canada – shine as a beacon of inclusion and hope

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Beauty in the Everyday

During one terrible year, author Kyo Maclear finds solace by birding in the city

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The Hidden Epidemic

Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson researches the devastating effects of child abuse on health. Now she wants to ensure all survivors get the help they need

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Bringing Science Back

Can alumna Kirsty Duncan rejuvenate Canadian discovery and innovation?

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Scaling Up

Tiff Macklem helped steer the Bank of Canada through the financial crisis, making it the envy of its global peers. Now, he aims to place the Rotman School among the world’s best

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Generation T

For trans students at U of T, the fight for rights and equality is about much more than just washrooms

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The Gene Editors

U of T scientists are using a powerful new technology to alter DNA and possibly cure disease

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Followings

Meet six U of T alumni, faculty and staff members whose stars are shining brightly on social media

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Life after Grad School

As more PhD graduates seek work outside of academia, U of T is creating opportunities for these highly knowledgeable students to develop professional skills

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High Time?

Or a period for sober second thought? When it comes to legalizing marijuana, U of T drug and public health experts caution that “the devil is in the details”

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Those Things We Do

Relive some of the wonderful, and occasionally weird, traditions that happen only at U of T

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Healthy Minds

As U of T responds to a rise in mental health needs on campus, a powerful source of help emerges: students themselves

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A Life in Blue and White

From champion student athlete to UTSC’s principal: Bruce Kidd ushers in a new era at the university’s eastern campus

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Goodbye to Cars!

U of T embarks on a bold plan to restore, renew and beautify the historic St. George campus

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From Good to Great

23 ideas for building an even better Toronto

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Man and Mana

Winner of the 2015 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Getting Smarter

A U of T computer scientist is helping to build a new generation of intelligent machines

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Man on the Move

New Toronto mayor John Tory aims to get the city back on track

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U of T’s World Wide Web

The university’s scholars are collaborating with partners in every region of the globe to answer questions that challenge us all

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U of T’s World Wide Web: Online Exclusives

Read four stories that don’t appear in our print issue about students and scholars who are working with colleagues around the world

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From Dream to Reality

Canada’s next billion-dollar tech start-up might just come from U of T

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The Reluctant CEO

Arts grad Dani Reiss wanted to become a writer, then realized there was more than one way to tell a story

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Voyage Into Ice

Daniel Kukla’s camera discovers an otherworldly Arctic

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Changed by War

A century ago, the First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less

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Incredible Impact

U of T’s ambitions to address a range of global needs and issues come to fruition – thanks to four generous gifts

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The Bully Who is Everywhere

The Internet makes it easy to be mean. No wonder cyberbullying among teens has everyone worried.

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2014 Photo Contest Winners

Once again, there were hundreds of superb entries from around the world and very few easy decisions

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Incredible Impact – in Engineering

Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms foster collaboration, active learning and accelerated innovation

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Incredible Impact – in Medicine

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Tihitena Negussie Mammo boosted her skills at U of T, then shared what she learned with her colleagues in Ethiopia

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Incredible Impact – in Education

The Katherine Ballantine Coutts Admission Scholarship is one part of a bigger strategy by U of T to provide more financial support to its students

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Incredible Impact – in Media

U of T’s Fellowship in Global Journalism is the first program in the world that specifically trains professionals and academics to be reporters

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Changed by War: Nothing Lacking but the Roar of Battle

While nothing could prepare recruits for the grim realities of trench warfare, the University of Toronto did what it could to equip its student soldiers for what was coming

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Changed by War: Letter from the Front

The day after his right forearm was “slightly wounded,” Captain Frederick Banting used his uninjured left hand to pen a wobbly note home

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Changed by War: An Artist at War

Wounded soldiers drolly referred to “the beauty parlour,” a humorous defense against the terrible possibility of ever being sent to a hospital’s plastic surgery department

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Changed by War: Farmerettes Help at Home

In 1917 and 1918 hundreds of U of T “farmerettes” signed up for national service on Ontario farms

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Changed by War: Forgotten Warriors – Animals at War

Millions of animals served on both sides of the conflict. Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae developed close bonds with his horse Bonfire and dogs Bonneau and Mike

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Changed by War: Waging War on Infection

In 1914, 32 per cent of the British wounded contracted tetanus. The British and Allied command looked to the University of Toronto for help

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Changed by War: Objects of Salvation

In the trenches the only criteria for alarm devices were that they be loud and distinctive – but as a bonus, rattles didn’t require use of the lungs

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36 Amazing Facts about U of T

A celebration of unique, extraordinary and record-breaking feats and factoids from the university’s 187-year history

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The Future As We See It

Five intriguing technologies that could change your life by 2025

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Canada’s Next Top Author

How a creative-writing program that admits just seven students a year is cultivating the country’s next generation of literary giants

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Superbugs

Drug-resistant infections are a man-made problem. Is it one we can solve?

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The Superbug Hitlist

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are considered the most urgent or serious threats

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What Can Patients and Physicians Do?

Dr. Allison McGeer gives advice on the use of antibiotics

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#daring-career-move

Can Kirstine Stewart, a former CBC executive, boost Twitter’s fortunes?

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Who Is @kirstinestewart?

Learn about Kirstine Stewart from her tweets

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AI and the MD

Doctors will soon use artificial intelligence to help diagnose and treat patients, opening up new possibilities for better health

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Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Could it be they’re missing something uniquely human?

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Bringing Sci-Fi to Life

From virtual worlds to brain-­ computer interfaces — seven  intriguing technologies that U of T scientists are working on right now

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Voyage Into Ice

Daniel Kukla’s camera discovers an otherworldly Arctic

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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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Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Intelligence by itself doesn’t make you rational. Thinking rationally demands mental skills that some of us don’t have and many of us don’t use

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The New Regent Park

A university community helps a neighbourhood transform

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Feminist Revolution at U of T

Milestones over more than a century

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Great Friends for a Great University

A transformative campaign owes its success to thousands of donors

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A Better University

At the end of David Naylor’s term as president, the student experience is stronger, research and innovation are booming and the global impact of Toronto alumni is greater than ever

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Look Closely!

Award-winning photojournalist Rita Leistner shines a light on North American native communities

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The Next Big Idea

Ten concepts that could shape the future: from digital credentials to safer drugs to DNA-tailored diets and more

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Unlocking Our Potential

U of T researchers suggest life’s early years might be even more important than we thought

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Different but Equal

Toronto parents can choose to send their children to a variety of specialized schools. But is it possible to have too much choice in alternative education?

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Out and Proud

How students, faculty, staff and alumni brought queer activism to the University of Toronto and changed the campus forever

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Frye’s Anatomy

To his English students, Northrop Frye, the brilliant literary critic, was an intellectual god and a master lecturer. One-on-one, though, he could be difficult to read

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Perfect Harmony

A new U of T research centre will investigate the curative power of music

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Getting Smarter

A U of T computer scientist is helping to build a new generation of intelligent machines

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Zeal

William Holman Hunt’s portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk

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Escaping Gridlock

What’s the solution to Toronto’s traffic problems?

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School Spirits

Tales of the supernatural abound at U of T

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The Lives of Animals

Most animals raised for food in Canada live on industrial sites where they never go outdoors. Under our laws, this is perfectly legal, but is it ethical?

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The New Freedom Fighters

Will the Internet help bring democracy to Iran? Professor Ron Deibert and the Citizen Lab champion free speech and human rights online

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Force for Change

Crime in Toronto is down, but after five years as police chief, Bill Blair knows he can’t take the city’s safety for granted

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Stolen Words

The Internet has made plagiarizing easier than ever. But detection methods have gone high-tech, too.

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The Science of Sleep

Research is pointing to new treatments for the millions of North Americans who suffer from sleep disorders.

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The Future As We See It

Five intriguing technologies that could change your life by 2025

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Goodbye to Cars!

U of T embarks on a bold plan to restore, renew and beautify the historic St. George campus

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The Big Promise of a Tiny Cell

Stem cell medicine may soon generate new treatments for any condition where cells have been damaged, such as heart disease, diabetes – even blindness

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A Global Affair

Armed with $80 million in new funding, the Munk School aims to become one of the top international relations programs in the world

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Up from Slavery

Bryan Walls raises a monument to the Underground Railroad

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The Science of Mindfulness

Researchers are producing mountains of evidence that meditation can boost satisfaction, improve health and reduce burnout

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Head of the Class

U of T’s Institute of Child Study has influenced education in Canada for more than 80 years. A visit to the lab school reveals why.

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The Aviator

Brave, dashing and touched by the spirit of adventure, Douglas McCurdy became the first person to fly an airplane out of sight of land

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Parents – At Last!

Reproductive science has made huge strides over the past 30 years, bringing hope to millions of infertile couples. But some formidable barriers remain

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Battle on Vimy Ridge and Other Stories

What a bullet-scarred book and eight other intriguing objects tell us about U of T

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True North

What does Canada stand for now? Have we lost our international reputation as a nature-loving, peacekeeping haven for newcomers?

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Close-Up

He’s snapped Victoria’s Secret models and Hollywood celebs. So why has hot New York photographer Richard Phibbs turned serious?

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Green Power

A 1969 article in The Varsity ignited students to start the Canadian environmental movement

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Deadly Pandemics through History

It seems that every era has its scourge

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Timing is Everything

Modern life is 24-7, but there may be negative consequences to defying our body’s internal clock

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75 Things You Didn’t Know about U of T

A peek at some characters, quirks and curiosities of our history

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Is Life Getting Better?

A new measure of “national wealth” would include health, education and other things Canadians consider important

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Enter Stage Left

Jeremy Hutton nudges Hart House Theatre in a new direction

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Understanding Autism

Scientist Stephen Scherer aims to uncover the genetic causes of an incurable neural disorder

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Mind Games

Doctors have been trying for decades to classify mental illnesses. So why do precise definitions still elude us?

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Technologies for Aging Gracefully

A University of Toronto lab is harnessing computers to make life better as we age

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The President’s Residence

Despite its role as a public venue, 93 Highland is the rambling kind of place that Harry Potter could inhabit quite nicely.

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Just “Rosie”

How does Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella find time to be an author and pianist and a judge? “Every day is a gift,” she says. “I do what I can to make the most of it”

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U of T and the Economy

An update on two fronts: the current fiscal climate, and the extraordinary achievements by members of the University of Toronto over the last few years.

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Star-Struck!

Why Hollywood loves U of T

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Going Back

Returning to university after 20 years can be scary and bewildering. But it can also be wonderfully enriching

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What Toronto Needs

A real transit strategy, a solution to its financial troubles, better urban design – and mayoral candidates willing to discuss these things

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The Hidden Epidemic

Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson researches the devastating effects of child abuse on health. Now she wants to ensure all survivors get the help they need

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The Debut

How do you write a bestselling first novel? If you’re Tom Rachman, you start by majoring in film

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The Troubled Healer

In his tireless quest to conquer contagious diseases, John Gerald FitzGerald, architect of Canada’s modern public health system, sacrificed his own health – indeed, his life

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Frugal Thinking

How do you bring basic sanitation to two billion people in low-income countries? Inventing a toilet that works for pennies a day is a start

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Taking on Goliath

A Toronto startup is using technology to reinvent how homes are bought and sold

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Risky Business

U of T science students are learning how to turn their high-tech ideas into products the world wants

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36 Amazing Facts about U of T

A celebration of unique, extraordinary and record-breaking feats and factoids from the university’s 187-year history

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