Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: examining the evidence

What the experts can learn from human remains, aircraft debris
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.

This new dimming bulb doesn’t need a special light switch - and it’s still the world’s most energy efficient

U of T alumni startup Nanoleaf beat funding goal for new bulb in 90 minutes
Brianna Goldberg

The U of T engineering alumni behind Nanoleaf, a startup which they say makes ‘the world’s most energy-efficient lightbulb,’ blasted well beyond their latest funding goal in under two hours.

Fuelling the excitement: the debut of their latest product: a new LED bulb design called Bloom, which “transforms” any on/off light switch into a dimmable switch with the team's innovative green technology.

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

Dropbot created by grad students Ryan and Christian Fobel
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.

Three big ideas from the opening of U of T’s new advanced materials lab

Sydney Goodfellow and RJ Taylor

When three-time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves speeds around the track at this month’s Indy races, he’ll be driving a racecar propelled by decades of materials research that makes it faster, safer and more efficient.

But with the opening of a new $20-million materials lab at the University of Toronto, the technology in Castroneves’ car could soon feel as old-fashioned as your grandma’s station wagon.

Understanding how wounds heal, helping those with chronic wounds heal faster

New research from IBBME
Erin Vollick

You fall and scrape your knee. After cleaning the wound, you plaster a bandage over it and presto! In two to three days, your injury is nothing but a memory.

But what really just happened – how did your wound actually heal?

Using a student-designed software program called MEDUSA, a special type of microscope and a tool called fluorescent tagging, a group of researchers from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) has been studying just that.

Engineering a new kind of rock music

“Earthquakes are complex; understanding the forces behind them can be even more so”
Sydney Goodfellow

What do Beethoven and a boulder have in common?

They both compose music – while one is enjoyed over dinner, the other could be used to predict earthquakes.

In a recent paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, three researchers from U of T Engineering unveiled a new algorithm for interpreting the sound waves emitted from rock pieces when they crack and fissure. The groundbreaking research has the potential to predict seismic activity, help extract fossil fuels and more.

In memoriam: University Professor Emeritus Bernard (Ben) Etkin

Members of the U of T community are mourning the loss of former U of T Engineering dean, renowned expert in aerodynamics and beloved mentor, University Professor Emeritus Bernard (Ben) Etkin (UTIAS), who died June 26, 2014.

Turning scientists into entrepreneurs with Techno’s startup accelerator program

Bootcamp helps entrepreneurs brings tech-powered science to society
Scott McAuley

A fresh crop of scientists-turned-entrepreneurs – researchers launching a business concept grounded in rigorous scientific discovery – will graduate this week from the Impact Centre’s summer incubator program, called Techno.

Students to work with industry and researchers to clean up contaminated sites

NSERC invests $1.65 million to train students in environmental decontamination
Jenny Hall

The University of Toronto has been awarded $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) to support student training and research in the area of environmental remediation.

Professor Brent Sleep of Civil Engineering will oversee the establishment of the Remediation Education Network (RENEW) with the funds, which come from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program.

Attacking the energy grid: cyber secrets worth stealing inside your home

Marit Mitchell

At a recent gathering of Canada’s energy and utilities regulators, delegates voiced their greatest fear: a coordinated physical and cyber-attack on critical infrastructure.

“It’s not a question of if but when we are going to have some sort of cyberattack on the grid,” Philip Jones, former president of the national regulators’ association in the United States, told The Globe and Mail.

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