Research & Ideas

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Clearing the Air

U of T wants to drastically cut carbon emissions by 2050. It’s enlisting on-campus ingenuity for help

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The Extremism Machine

Online disinformation poses a danger to society. Researchers at U of T’s Citizen Lab are tracking it – and trying to figure out how to stop it

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Eliminating Excessive Force

U of T Mississauga professor Judith Andersen’s training techniques improve police performance in tense situations. The challenge: getting police to use them

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Whose Stories Do We Tell?

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography aims to record noteworthy lives from “all points of view.” Six decades into its mission, what that means is still up for debate

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

There is a steep personal cost to caregiving, from chronic stress to physical injury. How can we help those who minister to family and friends?

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Strange Bedfellows

A growing number of city-dwellers live in condos – and now high schools, theatres and daycares are taking up residence there, too, creating benefits for everyone

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Pumped Up

These 3-D printers create perfect models of life-sized human hearts, spines and other body parts

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Home Truths

Toronto’s housing crunch affects many residents, but newcomers with few resources are especially vulnerable

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The Freedom to Learn

Toronto schools aim to provide a safe space for children, regardless of citizenship status. But there are flaws that need to be addressed

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A Lost Literature

Prof. Karina Vernon shares the untold stories of Black people on the Canadian Prairies

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The Great Canadian Word Hunt

Canadian meanings of “soaker” and “bush party” don’t exist in the Oxford English Dictionary. A U of T linguistics prof is aiming to change that

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In Machines We Trust

Blockchain has the potential to transform financial transactions. This could spell trouble for banks and other institutional go-betweens

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Sea of Troubles

Prof. Chelsea Rochman explores how plastic is breaking down – and where it’s ending up

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The Limits of AI

As artificial intelligence advances, humans need to pay closer attention to what it can and can’t do

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Preventing Disease through AI

Laura Rosella is using machine learning to suggest ways to reduce diabetes rates – and save millions in potential health-care costs

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Hyperloop Explained

A new transportation technology could zip you from Toronto to Montreal in 45 minutes. We took a peek under the hood

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The High Price of Pills

More than two million Canadians don’t take their full dose of medications because of the cost. How can they be helped?

Priced Out of the Housing Market

Owning a home is becoming a fantasy for all but the wealthiest families. Better urban planning is part of the solution. Adjusting our expectations may be another

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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