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Quitting smoking? Read this first.

Added on: January 14, 2015

Researchers from University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania can tell whether smokers will fare better with nicotine patch or varenicline pills Michael Kennedy If you’re trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA. “In this new trial, we’ve shown… MoreMore arrow

Sex and the single evening primrose

Added on: January 13, 2015

Elaine Smith  Sex or no sex? That depends on how you feel about harmful mutations, says new research from the University of Toronto. Using various species of the evening primrose (Oenothera) as his model, Jesse Hollister, a former U of T post-doctoral fellow, and his colleagues have demonstrated strong support for a theory that biologists have long… MoreMore arrow

Scientists depend on the power of reason
By John C. Polanyi

Added on: January 8, 2015

By John C. Polanyi This article is an abridged version of John Polanyi’s opening address at the recent Polanyi Conference on Science and Social Responsibility at the Munk School of Global Affairs. On being a scientist German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one-time physicist, had her thinking shaped by science. Her message to the million people commemorating… MoreMore arrow

Does play-based kindergarten help children academically?

Added on: December 10, 2014

OISE prof observing play-literacy interface in classrooms Jenny Hall When the kids in a kindergarten class that OISE professor Angela Pyle was observing recently decided to set up a bank, she paid close attention. The idea came from a combination of things: The teacher had been teaching the group directly about money, and the mother… MoreMore arrow

New $5-million NSERC network uses enzymes for greener manufacturing

Added on: December 2, 2014

Instead of using fossil fuels to make plastics and industrial chemicals, what if we could harness eco-friendly enzymes—nature’s smallest helpers—to do the work? read more

Pain research leads to Knowledge Translation prize for researcher

Added on: November 26, 2014

Professor Bonnie Stevens has received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2014 Knowledge Translation Prize. Nominated by her research peers at SickKids Research Institute, the prize recognizes Stevens’ contributions in the research of pain management and child health outcomes over several decades, and her efforts integrating the findings and evidence from that research into… MoreMore arrow

Polanyi Prizes to two early career U of T professors

Added on: November 17, 2014

Paul Fraumeni Two University of Toronto researchers, Andrea Charise and Rahul Deb, have won esteemed Polanyi Prizes – Charise for her literary research and Deb for his work in economics. The Polanyi Prizes were created to celebrate U of T chemistry professor John Polanyi’s 1986 Nobel Prize. The areas of research they recognize mirror those… MoreMore arrow

Computer espionage attacks on human rights,
civil liberties groups

Added on: November 13, 2014

Citizen Lab releases new report Irene Poetranto Civil society organizations (CSOs) that work to protect human rights and civil liberties around the world are being bombarded with persistent and disruptive targeted computer espionage attacks, say researchers at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. And these attacks raise major issues for the sustainable promotion… MoreMore arrow