Research & Ideas

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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?

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Like a Bird

A U of T engineering student has become the first ever to fly a human-powered “ornithopter”

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Life on Mars?

Scientists are trying to determine if methane in the Martian atmosphere came from living organisms

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How Cities Compare

Urban centres have a huge impact on their residents’ well-being. So how can we make them better?

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The Fallen

Joanne Tod is painting portraits of every Canadian soldier who has died in Afghanistan

Iciclology 101

Most icicles have the same carrot shape. But differences in temperature, wind conditions and water composition affect their final form

Photo by Tim Lawrence, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20842847@N00/

Easing Depression

Studies find that electrical stimulation to one side of the brain helps improve depression

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What Toronto Needs

A real transit strategy, a solution to its financial troubles, better urban design – and mayoral candidates willing to discuss these things

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The Lives of Animals

Most animals raised for food in Canada live on industrial sites where they never go outdoors. Under our laws, this is perfectly legal, but is it ethical?

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A Year in Mumbai

Normand Labrie coped with sweltering heat and noisy classrooms to bring Canadian teaching techniques to India's largest city

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One Patient, One Record

There are plenty of compelling reasons for health records to go digital. So why are some doctors resisting?

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All Clear

Surveillance and surgery could both get a boost from a new kind of video camera that can focus on near and distant objects at the same time

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Averting Disaster

BP oil spill could have been avoided if the company had used the "precautionary principle," says prof

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Polar Express

Architecture prof's Arctic designs include proposed Russia-Alaska rail link