Category Archives: Arts

U of T study finds toddlers ‘surprisingly sophisticated’ at understanding unfamiliar accents

TORONTO, ON — A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with regional accents the toddlers have never heard before. Even more striking, say researchers, … Continue reading

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Kids’ books featuring animals with human traits lead to less learning of the natural world

TORONTO, ON – A new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids’ books featuring animals with human characteristics not only lead to less factual learning but also influence children’s reasoning about animals. Researchers also found that young … Continue reading

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Computers spot false faces better than people

TORONTO, ON — A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, … Continue reading

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Scientists open a new window into quantum physics with superconductivity in LEDs

TORONTO, ON – A team of University of Toronto physicists led by Alex Hayat has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with … Continue reading

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Access to global networks drives tech firms’ ability to thrive

TORONTO, ON – Technology firms who avoid transnational investments miss out on opportunities to share  knowledge generated elsewhere and risk isolation and failure in the long run, says new research from economic geographers at the University of Toronto. The study … Continue reading

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U of T will defend its title at Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto will be defending its title for the upcoming Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) provincial competition! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is a University-wide competition for doctoral students, in which participants have three minutes or … Continue reading

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Stephen Toope – international law scholar – named Director of U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs

TORONTO, ON – Professor Stephen J. Toope, a noted international law scholar and university leader, has been named the new Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. “The Munk School has built a reputation around the … Continue reading

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Newly discovered celestial object defies categories

TORONTO, ON – An object discovered by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto (U of T) nearly 500 light years away from the Sun may challenge traditional understandings about how planets and stars form. The object is located near and … Continue reading

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Antarctic neutrino-hunting project IceCube named Breakthrough of the Year by Physics World

TORONTO, ON – International high-energy physics research project IceCube has been named the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cosmic neutrinos, but also for … Continue reading

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New long-lived greenhouse gas discovered by University of Toronto chemistry team

TORONTO, ON – Scientists from U of T’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG).  The chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient … Continue reading

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