International

Nuclear arms and Iran: U of T expert examines the deal

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Sure step to stability or major mistake? The entire world, it seems, is divided on the preliminary nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic, the United Nations Security Council and the European Union. 

Opponents argue that the provisions for limits on uranium enrichment and centrifuge research will allow Iran to develop a bomb nevertheless. United States Secretary of State John Kerry says a better deal was not possible.

Why Tyrannosaurus and other predators had such fearsome teeth

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Serrated tooth structure allowed predators to tear through other dinosaurs
Author: 
Elaine Smith

The Tyrannosaurus rex – and other theropod dinosaurs feared and loved by children everywhere – had a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure, researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered.

Beyond the textbooks: anthropology student on the challenges of field research in India

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“It is important for people’s stories to be told,” undergrad Sara Christensen says
Author: 
Elaine Smith

After spending two months in Calicut, India, and the surrounding towns in the state of Kerala, Sara Christensen, a fourth-year University of Toronto student, is hooked on anthropological field research.

“As much fun as classes are, they can’t hold a candle to actually practicing anthropology,” said Christensen, who is pursuing a double major in social anthropology and cultural linguistics, with a minor in environmental anthropology.

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Blight that devastates coconut crops sparks international collaboration

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Researchers from Africa, Canada, Europe and the Middle East gather at U of T
Author: 
Elaine Smith

Plant pathologists and researchers from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Canada gathered at the University of Toronto recently to work on techniques for identifying and preventing a blight that has devastated coconut crops in the Ivory Coast. 

More than 7,000 hectares have been destroyed by Lethal Yellowing Disease and another 7,000 are threatened -- including the area that is home to the International Coconut Gene Bank, where 125 varieties of coconuts are maintained for research and dissemination.

Fiat lux: what do you get when you combine perovskite and colloidal dots?

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U of T researchers engineer hybrid solar-power crystal that opens new frontiers in high-efficiency lighting
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s snack time: you have a plain oatmeal cookie, and a pile of chocolate chips. Both are delicious on their own but if you can find a way to combine them smoothly, you get the best of both worlds.

Researchers in the University of Toronto's Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering used this insight to invent something totally new: they’ve combined two promising solar cell materials together for the first time, creating a new platform for LED technology. 

Kenyan medical resident on U of T exchange program: “My life will never be the same again”

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Elizabeth Kagotho talks about what it's like to train with top pathologists and learn from this city's diverse patient population
Author: 
Katie Babcock

It was her first time traveling outside of Africa, and it was an experience that didn’t disappoint. Elizabeth Kagotho, a clinical pathology resident from Aga Khan University Hospital in Kenya, recently completed a two-month observership in hematological pathology at U of T.

Peeking into the brain: U of T and Tel Aviv University researchers explore the potential of bio-imaging

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The mechanisms that cause cancer and various brain illnesses are becoming clearer, says Peter Lewis, the University of Toronto’s associate vice-president for research and international relationships.

And it's thanks to research on bio-imaging done by U of T scientists and their colleagues at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Lewis says.

It's not the next Greece but here's why Puerto Rico's debt is making news

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Economist Gustavo Bobonis explains the economic challenges facing the U.S. territory
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

Just when all the economic news seems to be from Greece, Puerto Rico – the fourth-largest island of the Caribbean and a territory of the United States – has made headlines of its own with a staggering public debt of US $72 billion. 

U of T News writer Arthur Kaptainis spoke with Gustavo J. Bobonis, associate professor in the department of economics, holder of a Canada Research Chair and a native of Puerto Rico, about the problems and prospects.

The Greek financial crisis: an expert weighs in as deadline looms

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Stock markets around the world watched on edge as Greece’s five-year financial impasse took a perilous new turn this week.

The government announced June 28 that banks and the country’s stock market would be closed for the week as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum next Sunday. Greeks will be deciding whether to reject or accept budget and reform proposals made by creditors – rejecting such a deal could put at risk Greece’s financial future and its continued membership in the European Union.

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