Research & Ideas

Bev Bradley

Breath of Life

Bev Bradley is developing technology to give hospitals in low-income countries a more reliable supply of medical oxygen

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Business Boot Camp

U of T’s “technopreneur” program gives scientists such as Mallika Das a crash course in running their own company

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Is That Mozart, or a Machine?

Software developed at U of T can compose music in classical, pop or jazz styles – and as a solo or an ensemble of different instruments

Bad Drivers?

U of T study shatters myth that recent immigrants cause more car accidents than other Canadians

McLuhan at the CBC in Toronto, January 1966 Photo: Henri Daumain, for Life Magazine, Courtesy of The Estate of Marshall McLuhan

Marshall’s Laws

Fifty years after the publication of his most famous works, we’re still making sense of all Marshall McLuhan had to say

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Mind Games

Doctors have been trying for decades to classify mental illnesses. So why do precise definitions still elude us?

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Timing is Everything

Modern life is 24-7, but there may be negative consequences to defying our body's internal clock

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Ode to Joy

Master’s student Eric Wan helped develop software that allows anyone, including people with severe physical disabilities, to make music

Photo of Aakash Sahney and Alexander Levy by Brent Lewin

Say the Right Thing

Student-developed app helps people with speech problems express themselves – at a fraction of the cost of other devices

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Always the Victim?

A criminology student questions long-standing assumptions about women and domestic violence

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Europe’s Debt Troubles

With the markets betting on a Greek default, and the situation in Spain deteriorating, a second global financial crisis looms

Caring for the Elderly

Women often look after their older relatives – for no pay. As populations age, this may have to change

Seeing Red

Colours affect our emotional state, and maybe our motor control as well, new research has found

Samer Muscati.

The Watchman

Human rights researcher Samer Muscati helps Iraqis find justice in a nation beginning to rebuild

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Defeating Dementia

Mark Tanz’s $5-million gift will support research into Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

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Fighting Tooth Decay

A new way of peering inside teeth could find lesions before they become cavities and eliminate the need for “drilling and filling”

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Still Life

Pictures of animals through history reveal how our thinking about them has changed

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Arab Spring

Will the uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East usher in lasting change?

What Is Sacred?

Two U of T thinkers debate whether we can ever know what is truly "right" or "wrong"

Photo by Chris Granger

Bar Brawls

It seems young men fight primarily to gain the approval of … other men

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True North

What does Canada stand for now? Have we lost our international reputation as a nature-loving, peacekeeping haven for newcomers?

Tom Rachman

The Debut

How do you write a bestselling first novel? If you're Tom Rachman, you start by majoring in film

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Understanding Autism

Scientist Stephen Scherer aims to uncover the genetic causes of an incurable neural disorder

The ABCs of Autism

Contrary to stereotypes, most autistic children don’t bang their heads, and fewer than one per cent are brilliant savants

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Don’t Overdo It!

Women who exercise strenuously may be at greater risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds

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Islam and the Bible

What do Arabic translations of Christianity’s holy book reveal about three of the world’s great religions?

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Funemployment

Sometimes, being unemployed can be positive - it depends on who you ask

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The End of Moore’s Law?

For almost half a century, computer chips have doubled in power every 18 months. But this may not hold true for much longer, says Eugene Fiume

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The Urban Forest

"Neighbourwoods" uses Google Earth to share info about the health of city trees

The Pointers by Tom Thomson

Body Double

A U of T team finally settles the question of where Tom Thomson was buried

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The Living City

Engineers are using the idea of "urban metabolism" to design more sustainable neighbourhoods

Tough Love

Dating at university is supposed to be easy. But many of today’s U of T students find campus romance elusive. Enter Love@UofT, a new online matchmaker

Folic’s Effects

The synthetic version of a micronutrient found in broccoli may have role in breast cancer, study finds

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The Next Big Idea

Ten concepts that could shape the future: from digital credentials to safer drugs to DNA-tailored diets and more

Chris Spence, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, believes in providing parents and students with choices in public education. Under his leadership, alternative schools have flourished.

Different but Equal

Toronto parents can choose to send their children to a variety of specialized schools. But is it possible to have too much choice in alternative education?