Research & Ideas

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Superbugs

Drug-resistant infections are a man-made problem. Is it one we can solve?

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The Superbug Hitlist

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are considered the most urgent or serious threats

Instructor Janine Newton works with students at the Summer Math Kangaroo Camp

Fighting Math Anxiety

U of T’s Math Outreach instructors are changing hearts and minds about an often-feared subject

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Visual Aide

The biomedical communications program at U of T Mississauga helps students communicate complex ideas

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The Beat Goes On

U of T acquires the “ultimate insider” collection of Allen Ginsberg photos of key pop-culture figures from the 1950s–1990s

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Herb Appeal

Scientists aim to isolate and harness marijuana’s pain-killing properties to create more effective medicines

Hot Tubbing

In the world of law, hot tubbing is a common practice

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Word Perfect

New software will help people with speech problems be more clearly understood

Help in a Heartbeat

Toronto’s public defibrillators could save more lives if they were placed in better locations, U of T researchers find

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Screen Time

Online courses are big, bold and potentially game-changing for higher education

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Iron Man

By fortifying two everyday foods, Prof. Levente Diosady aims to reduce malnutrition worldwide

Former Varsity Blues swimmer Taylor Bond

Speaking Out

U of T is working on multiple initiatives to combat homophobia in sport

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Get Better, Sooner

Seamless Mobile Health aims to reduce hospital readmissions following surgery and save millions in medical costs

Prof. Matt Ratto holds a conventional prosthetic socket (left) and one his lab printed.

A Foot in Two Worlds

3-D printing is creating new opportunities – and raising intriguing questions – as digital and physical realms meld

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Nudging

Adults more likely to behave in socially beneficial ways when prompted

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Whose Values?

Does the proposed Quebec Charter guarantee a secular society, or more votes for the Parti Québécois?

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Aging Cities

Global population of seniors will triple by 2050, creating challenges for urban planners, report says

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What the Red Army Did

Soviet officers' attitudes during the Holocaust depended on where they were stationed, grad student finds

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Duddy and Me

Ted Kotcheff made almost 20 movies during his career - but it was a pair of small films that really got critics to take notice

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Onoscatopoeia

Hart House’s choir members only use one instrument: their voices

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An “A” for Teamwork

You’ve heard of crowdfunding. With crowdmarking, a U of T prof hopes to change how students are evaluated

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The Augmented Body

A learning tool that combines gaming software, 3-D modelling and a CT scan could change how students learn anatomy

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Nanofacturing

From making golf clubs stronger to designing water repellant garments

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When Germs Get Tougher

An Internet-based surveillance system gives physicians the ability to track dangerous new strains of tuberculosis in real time

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Eyes Everywhere

Recent revelations about governments spying on their citizens should have us all concerned about abuse of power

Prof. Shelley Wright of the Dunlap Institute

First Contact

A professor at the Dunlap Institute is trying to answer one of the biggest questions in all of science: Is there intelligent life beyond Earth?

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Garbage into Gas

An idea developed at U of T would help turn polluting oilsands waste into clean-burning hydrogen gas

Business Ties

Governments should do more to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to forge links with businesses in their native countries, according to a U of T report

Leaning Left

Meditation might make you more liberal, according to new U of T research

Cybill Lui. Photo by Liam Sharp

Dream Job

Cybill Lui worked for years on Wall Street, then followed her heart into the high-risk world of film production