Research & Ideas

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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

Nadia Amoroso. Photo by Liam Sharp

Beauty in Numbers

Nadia Amoroso helps clients interpret complex data quickly and present it memorably

Stephen Piron. Photo by Liam Sharp

Uncovering Fraud

Computer science grad Stephen Piron is helping banks stay on the right side of regulators

Jane Gooddall.

Into the Wild

U of T partners with the Jane Goodall Institute to send students to Uganda to study endangered wildlife

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Housing First

It turns out that a good way to help homeless people is to actually give them a home

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Making Traffic Smarter

An intelligent transportation system could reduce wait times at traffic lights in Toronto by more than half

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The Tiny Perfect Keyboard

As devices get smaller, a U of T company has created a keyboard that makes typing easier while using less screen space

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The Glutamate Riddle

Grad student Christina Nona seeks to unlock the role of an important brain chemical in Alzheimer’s and addiction

Intelligent Clothing

Architecture grad student Stacie Vos has developed a "smart" shirt that can detect germs and protect its wearer from them

Patrick Gunning. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Starving Cancer Cells

Many scientists work for years to find a cure for a single type of cancer - Patrick Gunning has his sights set on four

Katherine Larson. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Literary Songbird

Katherine Larson infuses her study of English with a passion for music to find new meaning in literature

Joyce Poon. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Speed of Light

Joyce Poon is developing optical devices that could make computers vastly more powerful and a whole lot faster

Emma Master. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Goodbye to Plastic?

Emma Master imagines a world with much less garbage, thanks to new organic materials she’s researching

Joseph Wong. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Asia Rising

As global power shifts to Asia, Canada’s success will depend on seeing more than just business opportunities in the region, says Joseph Wong

Samir Sinha. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Aging Well

Samir Sinha wants to help keep older Canadians healthy and independent for longer. As the population ages, the viability of our health-care system depends on it

Julie Claycomb. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Go Argonautes!

Julie Claycomb is researching a group of proteins that may yield new treatments for a variety of genetic and viral diseases

Deborah Cowen. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Markets Without Borders?

Deborah Cowen investigates what happens when governments sacrifice the rights of their citizens to protect the flow of goods across national lines

U of T grad Richard Marsella, executive director of the Regent Park School of Music. Photo by Air'leth Aqdhfin

Towers of Song

A U of T music grad runs an innovative program to bring affordable music lessons to Regent Park youth

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Pathways’ Progress

A homework support program involving OISE students has more than doubled high school graduation rates in Regent Park

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Peace of Mind

A U of T project aims to bring better mental health to a country where most illnesses go untreated

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K-Pop

Will "Gangnam Style" open the doors for other South Korean artists?

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Patent Wars

Intellectual property rights are intended to foster innovation. But could they actually be stifling it?

End Times

"End-of-the-world" panics go back hundreds of years