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Ancient, lobster-like predator discovered in 508-million-year-old fossil site

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First new species from Marble Canyon site within Burgess Shale
Author: 
Sean Bettam

What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly-identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago – more than 250 million years before the first dinosaur.

Would you stop that download if you knew you were about to exceed your plan?

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How cellphone users and service providers react to overage
Author: 
Sharon Aschaiek

Cellphone alerts that tell us when we’re about to exceed our usage limits can help save us money on overage fees.

But when telecommunication companies introduce higher fixed fees to compensate for those lost revenues, we may not come out on top.

Those are among the key findings of a new study co-led by Matthew Osborne, an assistant professor of marketing and management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, who examined whether bill-shock warnings financially help or hurt consumers.

Why foodies, bloggers and scholars are turning to Scarborough

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UTSC looks at why we grow, process, cook, consume, sell and share the food we do – and the impact that has on everything from culture and art to political economy and climate change

Scarborough, Ontario. That’s where to go if you’re interested in food, experts say.

“Scarborough is one of the most interesting, multicultural communities in the world – not just in Canada, and not just in North America,” Rick Halpern, dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough, said recently on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

First light for a “made in Canada” search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Author: 
Chris Sasaki and Susan Brown

On PI Day, March 14 2015, a team of astronomers expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm when they made their first observation, known as “first-light”, with a ground-breaking instrument. 

While most searches for a signal from an advanced alien civilization have been conducted with radio telescopes, the new instrument, called NIROSETI, is the first capable of detecting extremely short, extremely bright pulses of infrared light.

Portable HIV blood-testing device from U of T startup, ChipCare, readies for market with $5 million in funding

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Headquartered at U of T's Banting & Best Centre, global health venture wins millions above target for its field-testing technology
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Imagine having blood drawn for HIV-related testing. And then imagine never finding out the results.

In many low-income and middle-income countries around the world, research suggests that up to 50 per cent of patients don’t receive test results for treatable diseases such as HIV. They’re cut off from labs by poor infrastructure, unreliable sources of electricity, and other realities of life in rural or developing areas.

But what if the testing could be brought to them and performed on the spot?

The science of proteins and why Dev Sidhu's work matters to you

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“Clever science is only 10 per cent of getting a drug that can cure people,” says Sidhu
Author: 
Jovana Drinjakovic

It's called The Protein Society – and its members include chemists, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, students and educators at universities, foundations, institutes and corporations in more than 50 countries working to understand the structure, function and design of proteins.  

Winter months SAD for U.S. Treasury securities, study reveals

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“In the world of Treasuries, that kind of a systematic difference is huge,” says Rotman prof
Author: 
Ken McGuffin

The best time to invest in U.S. Treasury securities may be spring, thanks to seasonal variations in investor risk tolerance linked to depression, new research says.

A team of finance researchers found that the monthly return on those securities showed an average swing of 80 basis points between October – when returns peaked – and April, when they bottomed out.

Brazil researchers to join U of T, Oxford scholars in open-source scientific research

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Centre will focus on protein kinases
Author: 
Heidi Singer

Open-access research into drug discovery has arrived in South America, with a ground-breaking collaboration between leading scientists in North America, Europe and Brazil to provide completely free and open research results to the world.

A US$4.3-million grant from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) plus an in-kind contribution of US$1.9 million by The University of Campinas (UNICAMP), totalling US$6.2 million, will establish Brazil’s first open-access research facility, the Protein Kinase Chemical Biology Centre at the UNICAMP in Brazil. 

India wants to build 100 smart cities – and U of T is thrilled

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, wants to build 100 smart cities in his country, an idea that has University of Toronto faculty members – including president Meric Gertler – excited. 

New ranking places U of T first in Canada, 16th in world

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Times Higher Education rates the reputations of universities among scholars around the world
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto remains number one in Canada and jumps to 16th in the world in a prestigious ranking of universities with the best academic reputations released March 11.

The fifth annual Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings rates a university’s stature by asking leading academics around the globe. The results are based on an invitation-only survey that polled about 10,500 senior and published scholars from 142 countries.

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