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Telecommuting: who benefits?

Added on: April 4, 2013

A Q&A with Rotman organizational behavioural researcher Sanford DeVoe Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting has sparked office cooler debates about the practice—and the discussion has become entangled with controversy over the tech chief’s decision not to take a maternity leave. We spoke to the Rotman School of Management’s Sanford DeVoe to find… MoreMore arrow

9/11: What does it mean, 10 years later?

Added on: November 11, 2012

When the terrorist attacks on the United States happened on that sunny morning of September 11, 2001, global society let out a collective gasp. No one had ever seen anything like it before. A decade later, we still grapple with the tragedy of that day — and of the aftermath. We asked Professor Janice Stein,… MoreMore arrow

Gun violence in the United States: What role does the second amendment play?

Added on: November 9, 2012

Mass shootings at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Colorado and at a mosque in Wisconsin this past summer reignited the national conversation about gun control in the U.S. We asked Professor Ryan Hurl of political science at the University of Toronto Scarborough to help us interpret the second amendment to the American constitution. We hear… MoreMore arrow

Why did West Nile Virus come back this summer?

Added on: September 7, 2012

In 2002, much of North America became acquainted with an infection that few people had heard of – West Nile Virus. Governments and public health offices launched massive awareness programs to get people to take up practices that would help to avoid the virus. It seemed to work – after that summer, we rarely heard… MoreMore arrow

Heat waves, storms, blackouts

Added on: July 31, 2012

With record high temperatures this summer, Ontarians are feeling the heat—and the pressure on their pocketbooks as energy bills come in. Meanwhile, storms south of the border caused days-long blackouts. We spoke to Professor Zeb Tate of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering about the relationship between heat, storms and… MoreMore arrow

Particle physics—why does it matter?

Added on: July 4, 2012

Scientists reported today the discovery of a particle that is very likely the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that gives other particles mass—and makes life possible. Theorized in the 1960s and sometimes called “the God particle,” physicists have spent decades searching for it. What finally allowed them to find it were experiments at the Large… MoreMore arrow

Why are jazz festivals so popular?

Added on: June 26, 2012

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, jazz owned popular music. A heady brew of syncopation, improvisation and rhythm, jazz was created by African Americans in the early part of the 20th century from their other monumental musical invention, the blues. By the ‘30s, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw and… MoreMore arrow

Traffic jams and noisy outdoor stereo systems: Where does nature fit in a city?

Added on: June 15, 2012

Talk of environmental issues usually focuses on human practice (using plastic shopping bags, for example) and how that practice damages the science of our planet’s life. But a new book, The Natural City: Re-envisioning the Built Environment, edited by U of T professors Ingrid Stefanovic and Stephen Bede Scharper, examines environmental matters from the perspective… MoreMore arrow

Banning plastic bags—does it make a difference?

Added on: June 5, 2012

How bad are plastic bags for the environment? The issue is that the vast majority of plastic bags—except for the paint, the coatings that are on them for the branding—will not biodegrade. These are polyethylene bags for the most part. Polyethylene is basically a solid form of oil—it’s made from the by-products of oil refineries.… MoreMore arrow

The new frontier of type 2 diabetes drugs

Added on: May 22, 2012

The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that nine million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and that 20 new cases are diagnosed every hour. In part 4 of our series on research into the exploding global epidemic, we speak to Daniel Drucker, professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T and investigator at Mont… MoreMore arrow