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University of Toronto to amplify entrepreneurship offerings with over $3 million from province’s Campus-Linked Accelerator Program

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto will receive more than $3 million in funding to increase its training and support for student entrepreneurship as part of the Campus-Linked Accelerator Program (CLA), announced today by Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of … Continue reading

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Despite a significant reduction in smog-producing toxins in past decade, GTA still violates Canada’s ozone standards

TORONTO, ON – A new study shows that while the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has significantly reduced some of the toxins that contribute to smog, the city continues to violate the Canada-wide standards for ozone air pollution. Smog, which can … Continue reading

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U of T research helps explain why elderly are prone to sleep problems

TORONTO, ON – New research led by University of Toronto neurologist Andrew Lim sheds light on sleep disruption in aging adults. “In many older people with insomnia and other patterns of sleep disruption, the underlying cause is unknown,” said Lim, … Continue reading

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U of T scientist to play key role on Mars 2020 Rover Payload Mission

TORONTO, ON — NASA announced last week that the next rover, being sent to Mars in 2020, will carry seven highly sophisticated instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The instruments were selected from … Continue reading

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“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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Fast, portable device for ‘on-the-go,’ laboratory-quality cocaine testing

TORONTO, ON – Testing for cocaine and other drugs usually involves two steps: a quick on-site prescreen and then a more accurate confirmatory test at a laboratory. This process can often take days or weeks — far too long in … Continue reading

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Dunlap Institute announces new director, astronomer Prof. Bryan Gaensler

TORONTO, ON – After an international search, the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, announces the appointment of its new director, Prof. Bryan Gaensler, a leading international researcher in cosmic magnetism, supernova explosions and interstellar gas. Gaensler … Continue reading

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University of Toronto physicists take quantum leap toward ultra-precise measurement

TORONTO, ON – For the first time, physicists at the University of Toronto (U of T) have overcome a major challenge in the science of measurement using quantum mechanics. Their work paves the way for great advances in using quantum … Continue reading

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Sleep behaviour disorder linked to brain disease

TORONTO, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and many other forms of dementia. “Rapid-eye-movement sleep behaviour … 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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