Contributors

Prof. J.B. Caron of ecology and evolutionary biology in his lab at the Royal Ontario Museum

The Big Bang

Life on Earth exploded about 540 million years ago. Scientists are now beginning to understand why

The Day the Stars Collided

It was all hands on deck for U of T astronomers during a rare cosmic event that led to the first sighting of a new object

Illustration of a man who's head dissolved into geometric shapes. Computer science professor Geoffrey Hinton believes artificial intelligence will soon transform almost everything we do.

Getting Smarter

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

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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What is Real?

Philosophy prof Ian Hacking’s ideas about science earn him $800,000 prize

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Fighting Tooth Decay

A new way of peering inside teeth could find lesions before they become cavities and eliminate the need for “drilling and filling”

What Is Sacred?

Two U of T thinkers debate whether we can ever know what is truly "right" or "wrong"

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Life on Mars?

Scientists are trying to determine if methane in the Martian atmosphere came from living organisms

Planetary Mysteries

Discoveries of new planets outside our solar system are forcing astronomers to rethink theories of how planets form

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Cheaper Digital X-Rays

Physicist John Rowlands has invented a way to deliver high-quality X-rays at a fraction of the regular cost

Smashing!

Now that the Large Hadron Collider is working, U of T physicists are preparing to sift through mountains of data in search of the elusive Higgs boson

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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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The True Nature of Time

A century after Einstein proposed his theory of relativity, scientists are still debating how time works

Cool Computing

A new kind of optical switch could allow computers to run 100 times faster - without overheating

We Are Star Stuff

A large asteroid could destroy all life on earth. But a "rain" of extraterrestrial debris long ago may have led to the conditions that started it, says a U of T geologist

The World’s Largest Telescope

As scientists prepare the next-generation space telescope, University of Toronto astronomers are pushing for an even larger ground-based scope

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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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To Boldly Go

U of T's Dunlap Institute will step up the search for worlds beyond our solar system

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Sunnier Days

High energy prices are giving solar cells a new-found lustre

God’s Laboratory

This spring, an international team of physicists, including several from U of T, will launch the most ambitious science experiment ever devised. Their goal: to unlock the secrets of the universe

The Big Picture

U of T cosmologists are piecing together the epic table of how the universe has evolved over 14 billion years

The work of Edward S. Rogers Sr., one of the world's most important experimenters in radio, began at U of T in the 1920s

Stay Tuned

The spirit of Edward S. Rogers Sr. is energizing a new wave in communications