Research & Ideas

Three petri dishes containing microplastic samples

Sea of Troubles

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

Robot with seven arms, each performing a different task

The Limits of AI

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

Neighbourhood of streets and houses on an electronic circuit board

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

Rendering of what a TransPod might look like on Spadina Avenue in Toronto

Hyperloop Explained

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

U of T professor Nav Persaud

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

A surgeon's hand reaching for a scalpel, being offered by a robotic hand

AI and the MD

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

Illustration of a singer that looks like a robot

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?

Illustration of a chart with a line graph in the shape of a smiling face and arms, and with a heart in the upper left corner.

Dark Data

The usefulness of “steps per day” and other information our devices help us track

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All In on Gutenberg

Students in Prof. Paolo Granata’s book and media studies class learn print culture terms while playing poker

Photo of a green farm field.

Greener Pastures

Can a simple high-tech tool for farmers boost crop yields in developing countries?

Michael Inzlicht, a U of T professor of social psychology, shown here at his UTSC lab

Ghost Effects

Social psychologist Michael Inzlicht launched his academic career on the study of “ego depletion.” His research suggested it was real. Then came doubts

Photo of lost of different kinds of candy, representing a profusion of consumer choice.

Why We Sometimes Make Bad Decisions

Economists have long known that consumers can make confounding choices when presented with too much selection. But they’ve never agreed on why. Enter neuroscience

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

Illustrations of astronaut Chris Hadfield and singer Celine Dion.

A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

Illustration of a squirrel looking at a mobile device.

Save Your Money

An app from Vicis Labs aims to help millennials and the precariously employed manage their cash

Protesters at an alt-right rally in Berkeley, California

Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

Outdoor headshot of Maureen Judge

The Struggle Is Real

Filmmaker Maureen Judge’s latest project captures stories of millennials venturing out on their own