Research & Ideas

Caring for the Elderly

Women often look after their older relatives – for no pay. As populations age, this may have to change

Samer Muscati.

The Watchman

Human rights researcher Samer Muscati helps Iraqis find justice in a nation beginning to rebuild

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Still Life

Pictures of animals through history reveal how our thinking about them has changed

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Arab Spring

Will the uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East usher in lasting change?

What Is Sacred?

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

Photo by Chris Granger

Bar Brawls

It seems young men fight primarily to gain the approval of … other men

Illustration of a person on a maple-leaf shaped block of ice, separated from a group of people on an icy shore.

True North

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

Tom Rachman

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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Islam and the Bible

What do Arabic translations of Christianity’s holy book reveal about three of the world’s great religions?

Illustration of a figure using a laptop computer.

Funemployment

Sometimes, being unemployed can be positive - it depends on who you ask

The Pointers by Tom Thomson

Body Double

A U of T team finally settles the question of where Tom Thomson was buried

Photo by 416style at Flickr.com

The Living City

Engineers are using the idea of "urban metabolism" to design more sustainable neighbourhoods

Chris Spence, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, believes in providing parents and students with choices in public education. Under his leadership, alternative schools have flourished.

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?

Photo of Sao Paolo skyline.

How Cities Compare

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

Portraits of fallen soldiers.

The Fallen

Joanne Tod is painting portraits of every Canadian soldier who has died in Afghanistan

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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

Photo of pics grazing at what appears to be a farm.

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?

A child walking past a mural in Mumbai

A Year in Mumbai

Normand Labrie coped with sweltering heat and noisy classrooms to bring Canadian teaching techniques to India's largest city

Photo of a pollution/oil covered bird in the water.

Averting Disaster

BP oil spill could have been avoided if the company had used the "precautionary principle," says prof

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The Age of a Face

The culture and language you are raised with can affect your ability to judge the age of people's faces

Izzeldin Abuelaish

Waging Peace

Three of his daughters were killed by Israeli fire. In Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s new book, he calls for an end to the violence

Photo of a Caravaggio painting

The Dark Master

Caravaggio rebelled against dogma and received wisdom. Is that why we like him so much?

Illustration of a man in a coma; a ghost above holds a sign that says

Ending It All

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

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Mumblecore

What kind of films are part of the "mumblecore" movement?

The Polite Party

Psychology research finds that conservatives are more concerned with order, liberals are more compassionate

Water Pressure

Canadians feel no urgency to conserve water, but they should, says architecture prof

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Birthright Lottery

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

The researchers hope to show that where you live is just as important as how you live.

Is Your City Happy?

People living on the east side of Toronto are more neurotic than those in the west, study of cities’ “personalities” finds

In the Mood for Love

Women more likely than men to experience physical arousal without thinking that they're aroused, study finds

The Price of Happiness

Workers paid hourly are generally happier, dollar for dollar, than those on salary, study finds

Is Life Getting Better?

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

Rock Springs, New Mexico - The home of Navajo elder Berta Tom in Rock Springs

Look Closely!

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

Wilfrid Laurier.

Lives Lived

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

Tomatoes

VB6

Converts say that VB6 can do wonders for you

Elections Canada

Genes and Politics

Do our genes influence whom we vote for or whether we vote? They can, says politics prof Peter Loewen

The Paperwork Burden

Helping high schoolers fill out financial aid forms could boost post-secondary enrolment

Professor Ron Deibert (centre) has emerged as a leader of a burgeoning global movement that champions free speech and human rights online

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

Denise Chong has written what she calls “the biography of a gesture” to explore just what drove Lu Decheng to jeopardize his life for a cause he believes in.

Act of Defiance

In her new book, Denise Chong profiles one of the men who, 20 years ago, dared to lob eggs at a portrait of Mao. As Western businesses vie for access to Chinese markets, do such political gestures still matter?

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Revelations from Qumran

Ancient peoples may have viewed the Dead Sea scrolls much as we see the web – fluid, social and open to change

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Africentric Schools

Professor George Dei says parents of black children have been concerned for 30 years that the Toronto school system is not serving their children. “It was time to try a new approach.”