Research & Ideas

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Brewed to a T

Using robotic technology, an engineering student lets tea drinkers create their perfect cuppa

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When Memory Fails

Understanding how we learn and make memories will lead to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, says Brain Prize winner Graham Collingridge

Trans students Kinnon MacKinnon (left) and Cassandra Williams. Photos by Wynne Nelly.

Generation T

For trans students at U of T, the fight for rights and equality is about much more than just washrooms

Redefining Gender

These days, talking about sex and gender can involve a lot of specialized terms. Here’s a guide

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Partners in Transition

Prof. Elspeth Brown is interviewing partners of trans people as part of a project to record the stories of LGBTQ people

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The Gene Editors

U of T scientists are using a powerful new technology to alter DNA and possibly cure disease

How CRISPR works.

How CRISPR Works

Proteins and RNA all play a part in this age-old defense against invading viruses

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Loving the Aliebn

Jonathan Sun tweets funny, heartfelt – and often misspelt – observations about what it means to be a 21st-century human

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In the Pink

Anabela Piersol showcases independent clothing designers, as well as her own lovely creations

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Robots That Play Soccer

At the end of the course, teams pit their robots against each other in an actual match on a mini-"field"

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Carbon Busters

How can Toronto reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? Munk School students propose the ways

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Mx

New honorific is for people who don't want to reveal their gender

Prof. Jooyoung Lee (left) with rapper Big Flossy

Rap Dreams

Where gangs rule, hip hop is a strongly positive force for youth, study finds

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Making Camp

U of T prof’s designs let campers sleep over wetlands or high among trees

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Cities in Ruins

Prof. Tong Lam's photographs depict urban decay in Asia, and the parallels between security and surveillance in east and west

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High Time?

When it comes to legalizing marijuana, drug and public health experts caution that “the devil is in the details”

U of T students Alex Boross-Harmer (left) and Megan D’Souza at the new Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre

Lift Weights to Lift Mood

U of T opens one of the first research facilities in the world to integrate the study of physical activity and mental health

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Uberization

Companies such as Uber are disrupting entire industries, but this is good for the economy overall, says an economics prof

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Pssst, Wanna Buy a Kidney?

Most people recoil at the thought of selling human organs. But supplying the right information can change attitudes, a U of T study finds

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Cooling Off

Will the Paris climate accord succeed where Kyoto didn’t?

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Words of Freedom

U of T is now home to the world's largest digitized collection of Soviet samizdat journals

Why Do Tornadoes Form?

UTSC researcher uses 30 years of climate data to understand what causes these devastating storms

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On the Right Track

Prof. Eric Miller wants to use improved data – and more of it – to help cities make better transit decisions

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Team Spirit

Adolescents who play team sports are less likely to experience mental illness later in life, study finds

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The 6ix

Rap star Drake popularized Toronto’s new nickname

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A Cut Above

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

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Say What?

Knowtions aims to make translating complex scientific documents into any language faster and more accurate

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Muscle and Metal

How a unique collaboration is making life better for a student with cerebral palsy

A scene from Cracked: New Light on Dementia. Photo by TK.

Spotlight on Dementia

An innovative blend of research and theatre is enabling scientists to reduce the stigma around a distressing disease

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Mobile City

As Toronto's population grows, we will have to embrace alternatives to the car

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Healthy City

How can we improve the health of some of the city's most vulnerable residents?

James Till (left) and Peter Zandstra celebrate the announcement of U of T's Medicine by Design initiative .

Regenerating the Body

U of T scientists will help usher in a new era of designing and creating cells, tissues and organs, thanks to historic $114-million federal grant