The Risk of Innovating First

How should companies respond to technological disruption?

A Cut Above

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

The Dark Corners of Our DNA

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

When Time Began

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

What Happens to Our Digital Selves When We Die?

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

A Foot in Two Worlds

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

When Germs Get Tougher

An Internet-based surveillance system gives physicians the ability to track dangerous new strains of tuberculosis in real time

Lighting a Revolution

Three grads have developed an LED that uses a fraction of the electricity of other light bulbs

A House Divided

Creating “thermal zones” in a home could reduce energy costs by as much as 80 per cent

Voter Inequality

In a federal election, why does a vote from Charlottetown count for more than one from Markham?

Illustration by Isabel Foo

The Single Life

Is ‘one’ really the loneliest number?

Illustration by Isabel Foo

Words, by the Numbers

What can a computer reveal about a work of fiction? Plenty, it seems

Illustration by Isabel Foo

Power Plants

A blueprint for an “artificial leaf” could lead to solar cells that generate a lot more power

Protecting the Jobless

Protecting the Jobless

How should employment insurance be reformed?

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

Illustration: Robert Samuel Hanson

Your Loss is Your Gain

Should people get paid for shedding weight and pursuing a healthier lifestyle?

Illustration by Yarek Waszul

A Cure for Red Tape

Instead of fighting bureaucratic inefficiency, why not go around it?

Downtown Sao Paulo, by Fernando Stankuns

How Cities Compare

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

Illustration by Graham Roumieu

One Patient, One Record

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

Ending It All

We run our lives as we wish. Why can’t we have a say in our own death?

Illustration by Graham Roumieu

Birthright Lottery

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

(Photo: Corbis)

Lives Lived

A project 50 years in the making tells Canada’s story through its people

Illustration by Graham Roumieu

What’s a CEO Worth?

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

A Healing Spark

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

Tower Power

Toronto mayor picks up U of T plan to green, preserve and beautify the city’s highrises

Gum Control

The case for universal dental care

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