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Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: examining the evidence

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What the experts can learn from human remains, aircraft debris
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Nearly a week after the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was destroyed over Ukraine, questions abound over what exactly happened.

Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke to professors Tracy Rogers and Doug Perovic about the procedures − and the challenges − of gathering scientific evidence and performing analysis to determine the causes of such tragedies.

In Memoriam: remembering the First World War at U of T

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Archivist Harold Averill on the war that changed the world
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

They called it The Great War. The War to End All Wars. A conflict that killed, wounded and maimed millions of soldiers and civilians, destroying empires, transforming the world’s political and economic structures and spreading heartbreak and loss from the tiniest of Canadian villages to the most powerful cities on earth.   

Lab-on-chip technology developed by U of T brothers draws researchers from around the world

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Dropbot created by grad students Ryan and Christian Fobel
Author: 
Sean Bettam

The opportunity to learn about a revolutionary technology that could significantly advance microfluidics research brought scientists from Brazil, England, Taiwan and elsewhere to Aaron Wheeler’s chemistry laboratory recently.

They came to learn how to use DropBot, a technology that bolsters microfluidics by adding a digital component.

Low-carb diet cuts risk of colon cancer

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But study finds no evidence inflammation plays a role
Author: 
Jim Oldfield

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease.

The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.

Rude a #1 Billboard hit for MAGIC! man Mark Pellizzer

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Alumnus talks about performing on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, playing with Usher
Author: 
Tyler Greenleaf

For Faculty of Music graduate and MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pellizzer there are no tricks to writing a Billboard #1 hit single – just hard work, an ear for a musical hook, and persistence.

Everyone says sitting is the new smoking. How dangerous is it really?

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"it's possible that employers could be held accountable in the future"
Author: 
Jenny Hall

Study after study has highlighted the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle that includes extended periods of sitting, and the catchphrase “sitting is the new smoking” has gained traction in the media and in popular consciousness.

Cerebral palsy rates higher among children with Canadian-born mothers

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Lower rates for children of mothers who immigrated to Ontario
Author: 
Leslie Shepherd

Babies born to mothers who immigrated to Ontario from other countries have significantly lower rates of cerebral palsy than those of Canadian-born mothers, especially those from the Caribbean and East Asia, new research has found.

“Predicting who is at highest risk of having a child with CP remains an international priority,” said lead author Dr. Joel Ray, who notes that CP rates have not declined much over the last decade.

Four U of T students earn the 2014 Top 20 Under 20 Award

Author: 
Shujanaa Mahendraraja

It is no ordinary feat to find a treatment for malaria in mustard oil, snag an exclusive interview with Noam Chomsky, release a viral anti-bullying music video or present environmental research to an audience of 1,000,000 at a TED conference.

Not to mention doing it before the age of 20.

Designing cleaner, safer ways to cook in South India

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U of T students and faculty work together to reduce fuel consumption, indoor air pollution
Author: 
Jessica Lewis

How do you design a stove that is cleaner and more energy-efficient than an open fire or rudimentary appliance, but inexpensive enough that even those with low incomes can use it?

How do you convince people who have been using a particular kind of stove or cooking practice for generations to adopt something new?

That’s what a team of students and professors from across the University of Toronto went to South India to discover.

365 days and counting to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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U of T community prepares to host, compete and volunteer
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Let the countdown begin!  In just 12 months, Toronto will greet almost 7000 athletes and 250,000 visitors to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games − and the University of Toronto will play a prominent role in the welcome, as host and participant.

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