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Environment - Campus - 10.08.2022
Opportunity for inclusivity in recreation planning for Protected Areas
Many socio-demographic groups are underrepresented among visitors to Protected Areas Many socio-demographic groups, such as those with disabilities and minority ethnic communities, are underrepresented among visitors to Protected Areas due to institutional barriers, a new study found. Protected Areas (PA) provide many benefits to visitors, including mental and physical health and environmental knowledge.

Campus - 26.07.2022
Researchers suggest ’home remedies’ to increase vaccine supply in Canada before next pandemic
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on Canada's pandemic preparedness, and led some experts and leaders to call for a new public agency that would be in charge of domestic vaccine production to increase self-sufficiency. But Paul Grootendorst , an associate professor at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, says creating such an agency would be more trouble than it's worth.

Campus - 11.07.2022
Fighting online child exploitation —researchers identify effective ’attack’ strategies
Researchers are advancing efforts to derail online child exploitation by determining which proactive attack strategies are the most effective. In a new preprint paper, Simon Fraser University researcher Richard Frank and Golestan University researcher Fateme Movahedi found greater efficacy in combating online exploitation using a digital attack strategy known as -principal component analysis,- or PCA.

Environment - Campus - 27.06.2022
Researchers study plants sprouting from century-old seeds uncovered during Toronto Port Lands excavation
Researchers study plants sprouting from century-old seeds uncovered during Toronto Port Lands excavation
At a Toronto Port Lands construction site on the city's waterfront, keen-eyed workers recently spotted plants that had sprouted from soil recently exposed by the removal of tonnes of earth. The plants were hard stem bulrush and cattails, which are commonly found in freshwater marshes. Because the plants grew from a patch of ground that had been seven metres below the surface for a century, conservationists concluded that they had grown from seeds buried when Ashbridges Bay Marsh at the mouth of the Don River was covered with landfill in the early 1900s.

Campus - Computer Science - 10.05.2022
Engineering students dig through snowplow data to gauge Toronto’s response to winter storms
Last January, as 55 centimetres of snow blanketed Toronto over a period of just 15 hours, the city's snow-clearing fleet appeared to struggle to keep up. But was it actually different than other storms, or did it just seem that way? For three students in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering who were taking "Data Science for Engineers," a graduate-level course taught by  Sebastian Goodfellow , an assistant professor in the department of civil and mineral engineering, it was the perfect case study to test out their new number-crunching skills.

Campus - Health - 28.04.2022
Engineers at UBC get under the skin of ionic skin
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart  In the quest to build smart skin that mimics the sensing capabilities of natural skin, ionic skins have shown significant advantages. They're made of flexible, biocompatible hydrogels that use ions to carry an electrical charge. In contrast to smart skins made of plastics and metals, the hydrogels have the softness of natural skin.

Campus - Social Sciences - 21.03.2022
Increasing harassment of researchers subject of new report
Increasing harassment of researchers subject of new report
A Canadian task force made up of university-based researchers, including at Western, is tackling the growing number of online threats and harassments researchers face and has called on the federal government to initiate a nationwide, coordinated approach to addressing the issue. "The problem has always been there, but the tools have changed," said Howard Ramos, chair of the department of sociology, and co-author of a Royal Society of Canada briefing, " Protecting Expert Advice for the Public: Promoting Safety and Improved Communications.

Psychology - Campus - 13.02.2022
Understanding how your romantic partner sees your emotions may help couples cope with conflict
Beliefs about how we are seen by our romantic partners may affect the quality of our relationships, McGill Psychology study finds A study by researchers at McGill University is shedding new light on the importance of the perception of emotion in romantic relationships. The all-McGill team found that, regardless of how an individual is truly feeling, knowing their partner sees their emotions as a typical reaction to a given situation may lead to better relations within a couple - especially in situations of conflict.

Astronomy / Space Science - Campus - 11.01.2022
Researchers study Milky Way’s ’feeding habits’ in search of clues about its origins
Astronomers are one step closer to revealing the properties of dark matter enveloping our Milky Way galaxy thanks to a new map of 12 streams of stars orbiting within our galactic halo. Understanding these star streams is very important for astronomers. As well as revealing the dark matter that holds the stars in their orbits, they also tell us about the formation history of the Milky Way, revealing that the galaxy has steadily grown over billions of years by shredding and consuming smaller stellar systems.

Computer Science - Campus - 05.01.2022
System recognizes hand gestures to expand computer input on a keyboard
Preparing for an online start to the winter term: for more information. New program recognizes users' hands beside or near the keyboard and prompts operations based on different hand positions Researchers are developing a new technology that uses hand gestures to carry out commands on computers. The prototype, called "Typealike," works through a regular laptop webcam with a simple affixed mirror.

Life Sciences - Campus - 17.12.2021
Our brains update memories when recollections are proven wrong
Researchers from the University of Toronto have confirmed the critical role played by the brain's hippocampus in updating our memories when those recollections are shown to be inaccurate. The hippocampus is part of the brain's limbic system - the amalgam of neurological components that, among other functions, creates and retrieves our memories.

Health - Campus - 15.11.2021
Studies on risks versus benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy should be clearer, University of Toronto researchers say
Those planning pregnancy are struggling to weigh the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication based on how research is currently presented, say researchers at the University of Toronto and Women's College Hospital.

Health - Campus - 10.11.2021
COVID-19 lockdowns deepened struggle for work-family balance
COVID-19 lockdowns deepened struggle for work-family balance
Around the world increasing mental health inequalities between women and men following the COVID-19 pandemic represent a major public health concern. According to a new study, the lockdown measures due to the pandemic profoundly and unequally disrupted the work-family balance for many graduate students, exacerbating mental health problems.

Environment - Campus - 28.10.2021
Reducing vessel activity key to southern resident killer whale survival
Reducing vessel activity key to southern resident killer whale survival
Reducing ship speed and noise levels would increase the probability that endangered West Coast southern resident killer whales will spend more time hunting for Chinook salmon, a new Simon Fraser University study has found. The research, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin , provides insights to guide conservation efforts and protect the estimated 73 remaining whales in the population.

Materials Science - Campus - 25.10.2021
Nature-inspired coatings could power lab-on-a-chip devices for rapid, inexpensive medical tests
Nature-inspired coatings could power lab-on-a-chip devices for rapid, inexpensive medical tests
A coating developed by researchers at the University of Toronto allows for certain liquids to move across surfaces without fluid loss - and could usher in new advances in a range of fields, including medical testing. The new coating - created in the  DREAM (Durable Repellent Engineered Advanced Materials) laboratory, led by  Kevin Golovin , an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering - was inspired by the natural world.

Environment - Campus - 07.10.2021
How mussels make a powerful underwater glue
How mussels make a powerful underwater glue
The mussels' beards (which cooks remove before preparing them) are made up of byssal threads and are used to help keep the mussels tethered in place. At the end of each thread is a disc-shaped plaque that acts as an underwater glue. The unusual qualities of the glue and the byssal threads have interested people since ancient times, when the threads of certain species were woven into luxurious berets, purses, gloves, and stockings.

Campus - Health - 27.05.2021
Exoskeleton designed by Queen’s researchers that improves walking efficiency is the subject of a new study featured in the leading academic journal Science
News Release - Exoskeleton designed by Queen's researchers that improves walking efficiency is the subject of a new study featured in the leading academic journal Science Thursday, May 27, 2021 For immediate release May 27, 2021 - The science of walking is taking its next big step with the aid of a unique exoskeleton that allows users to walk further while using less energy.