Category Archives: Arts

“Killer sperm” prevents mating between worm species

TORONTO, ON – The classic definition of a biological species is the ability to breed within its group, and the inability to breed outside it. A study published today in the journal PLOS Biology offers some important clues about the … Continue reading

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Moral tales with positive outcomes motivate kids to be honest

TORONTO, ON — A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective at getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a … Continue reading

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Renowned global thinkers and leaders to receive honorary degrees from U of T

TORONTO, ON – Over 12,500 students will graduate from the University of Toronto over the next three weeks, and throughout Convocation, the University will also celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of a diverse range of honorary graduates: Peter Stein; David Brillinger; Ronald Daniels; Indira Samarasekera; Annabel … Continue reading

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U of T hosting largest international conference on the history of women, gender and sexuality

TORONTO, ON — On May 22 – May 25, more than 2,000 scholars, activists, teachers, writers, artists and students from around the word will convene at University of Toronto for the 16th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women — … Continue reading

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University of Toronto researchers find ‘Seeing Jesus in toast’ phenomenon perfectly normal

TORONTO, ON – People who claim to see “Jesus in toast” may no longer be mocked in the future thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and partner institutions in China. Researchers have found that … Continue reading

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University of Toronto launches the first AbleGamers Game Accessibility Arcade for gamers with disabilities in Canada

TORONTO, ON – On Saturday April 26th, the Semaphore Research Cluster (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) launched the first Canadian AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade, a permanent installation in the Semaphore space in U of T’s Robarts Library. It includes the most up-to-date technology and controllers designed to … Continue reading

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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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