Research & Ideas

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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

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Safe Passage

A student’s innovative rail car design would greatly reduce chances of an explosion

Lingo: Hyperpalatable

Some foods are engineered to be so tasty they're difficult to resist, says nutritional scientist Venket Rao

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Street Theatre

A design for the Gardiner Expressway illustrates how U of T students are reimagining Toronto

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Loan Ranger

Online peer-to-peer lending company hopes to change how Canadians obtain loans

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

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Spoiled Rotten

A familiar problem in the West, food waste is quickly becoming a global issue

Cisgender

Applies to someone who is not transgender, and is often used to signal awareness of gender politics

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Architect’s Playground

Benjamin Dillenburger uses computers and 3D printers to create structures that are impossible to draw and almost impossible to imagine

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Handheld Lab

U of T startup ChipCare gets set to unveil a revolutionary portable HIV blood-testing device

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

A U of T medical student examines a patient at the IMAGINE clinic.

Team Health

City residents without a health card get care from U of T undergrads

Homophily

The like-attracts-like nature of social media could be bad for democracy

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Travel Upgrade

For many Torontonians, the daily commute is a spirit-crusher. What if it could enrich your life instead?

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Bright Idea

A U of T grad's paper-thin lamp technology could revolutionize the lighting industry

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A New Kind of Telescope

The Dragonfly telescope created at U of T and Yale has led to the discovery of never-before-seen celestial structures

Since becoming CEO of Canada Goose in 2001 at the age of 27, Dani Reiss (BA 1997 Woodsworth) has built the company into one of Canada’s most recognized brands. Photo: Daniel Ehrenworth

The Reluctant CEO

Arts grad Dani Reiss wanted to become a writer, then realized there was more than one way to tell a story

The Power of Three

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research brings together three of Canada’s leading centres for cardiac care and research

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

Computer science students are developing a legal application for IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer as part of $100,000 contest

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Biochar

Agriculture scientists have become interested in this potential environmental champion

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A Life-Saving Innovation

Recent grads win engineering design award for a low-cost medical device that will help keep patients breathing

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Tower Trouble

In India, urban renewal schemes and corruption have created a violent economy around the demolition of apartment buildings

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Detecting the DTs

New app helps physicians diagnose alcohol withdrawal – and can tell when someone is faking it

Open for Business

U of T launches the Banting & Best Centre, one of North America’s largest entrepreneurial hubs

From left: U of T professors Craig Simmons and Peter Zandstra and PhD students Jennifer Ma and Curtis Woodford are among the dozens of researchers who will work to advance treatments for heart patients at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Testing the Waters

U of T offers undergrads the chance to try being entrepreneurs – without any of the risk