University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T, UToronto, or Toronto) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated on the grounds that surround Queen’s Park.

By 2100, 96% of the global population may not have sufficient access to omega-3 fatty acid

By 2100, 96% of the global population may not have sufficient access to a naturally occurring essential brain-building omega-3 fatty acid, according to a study in the journal Ambio. Global warming may reduce the availability of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the most abundant fatty acid found in mammalian brains, which has a crucial role in processes such

By 2100, 96% of the global population may not have sufficient access to omega-3 fatty acid

Could synthetic antibodies induce tissue repair in humans?

Growth factor-mimicking antibodies capable of inducing tissue repair in the body to be developed into regenerative medicine treatments by AntlerA, a new Toronto startup. Our body makes antibodies to fight infections. But the synthetic versions of these molecules could hold the key to stimulating the body’s ability to regenerate. The findings come from a decade-long

Could synthetic antibodies induce tissue repair in humans?

Obtaining blood pressure information with a click of a camera may become reality

Blood pressure monitoring might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal. Transdermal optical imaging measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos. Ambient light penetrates the skin’s outer layer allowing digital optical sensors in smartphones to visualize

Obtaining blood pressure information with a click of a camera may become reality

Carbon-neutral synthetic fuels from air conditioning systems – Crowd Oil

Researchers Want to Use Air-conditioning and Ventilation Systems for Decentralized Production of Carbon-neutral Synthetic Fuels – Publication in Nature Communications Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Toronto have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the

Carbon-neutral synthetic fuels from air conditioning systems – Crowd Oil

3D printing magnetic microrobots of many different shapes and sizes

Assembling a microrobot used to require a pair of needle-nosed tweezers, a microscope, steady hands and at least eight hours. But now U of T Engineering researchers have developed a method that requires only a 3D printer and 20 minutes. In the lab of Professor Eric Diller (MIE), researchers create magnetized microrobots — the size of the

3D printing magnetic microrobots of many different shapes and sizes

New nanogenerator creates electricity from snowfall

The first-of-its-kind nanogenerator designed by UCLA researchers and colleagues also acts as a weather station UCLA researchers and colleagues have designed a new device that creates electricity from falling snow. The first of its kind, this device is inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic. “The device can work in remote areas

New nanogenerator creates electricity from snowfall

Inventing a nano-bot that can probe inside human cells

U of T Engineering researchers have built a set of magnetic ‘tweezers’ that can position a nano-scale bead inside a human cell in three dimensions with unprecedented precision. The nano-bot has already been used to study the properties of cancer cells, and could point the way toward enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Professor Yu Sun (MIE, IBBME, ECE)

Inventing a nano-bot that can probe inside human cells

A device that could serve as the backbone of a future quantum Internet

U of T Engineering researchers have demonstrated proof-of-principle for a device that could serve as the backbone of a future quantum Internet. Professor Hoi-Kwong Lo (ECE, Physics) and his collaborators have developed a prototype for a key element for all-photonic quantum repeaters, a critical step in long-distance quantum communication. A quantum Internet is the ‘Holy Grail’ of

A device that could serve as the backbone of a future quantum Internet

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A new temperature-responsive smart material is 1,800 times stiffer than the original hydrogel when heated

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material hardens when heated and softens when cooled. Their findings, published in the journal Advanced Materials, could

A new temperature-responsive smart material is 1,800 times stiffer than the original hydrogel when heated

Developing satellites that can fix other satellites

For his latest study, professor Ou Ma engineered robots to work independently but collaboratively When satellites break, which is surprisingly often, there isn’t much you can do about them. They become expensive and dangerous flotsam, orbiting Earth for years or generations until gravity eventually draws them to a fiery death in the atmosphere. University of

Developing satellites that can fix other satellites

Predict the global spread of dengue with a new tool

Researchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, QUT and Queensland Health have developed a new tool to predict the global spread of human infectious diseases, like dengue, and track them to their source. The tool draws on travel data from the International Air Transportation Association and dengue incidence rates from the Global Health Data Exchange

Predict the global spread of dengue with a new tool

Sleep research meets machine learning and it works like a dream

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba develop a machine-learning algorithm for automatically classifying the sleep stages of lab mice. Combining two techniques, they achieve 96.6% accuracy, which may help accelerate sleep research Tsukuba, Japan – Researchers at the University of Tsukuba have created a new artificial intelligence program for automatically classifying the sleep stages of

Sleep research meets machine learning and it works like a dream

Drones show the evidence that the Greenland ice sheet is getting more unstable as it fractures

The world’s second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response to faster ice flow and more meltwater forming on its surface. Using custom-built drones strong enough to withstand the extreme Arctic conditions, researchers led by the University of Cambridge made

Drones show the evidence that the Greenland ice sheet is getting more unstable as it fractures

Reducing atmospheric pollutants with a new paint-on graphene-based coating for concrete

Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades up to 70% more atmospheric nitrogen oxides (NOx) than standard titania nanoparticles in tests on real pollutants. Atmospheric pollution

Reducing atmospheric pollutants with a new paint-on graphene-based coating for concrete

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