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Rejected fruit flies turn to booze

Male fruit flies drink more alcohol when a female denies them sex

The quest for the perfect child

Is it ethical for parents to be able to choose what their baby will be like through embryo screening?

Music really can heal the soul

U of T is planning to create a new centre dedicated to the medicinal effects of music

Getting the vole story

Can true love can be scientifically explained? How monogamous rodents reveal the secrets of human love

A warm winter? What’s that all aboot?

Canadians love talking about our unpredictable weather. What do they think about our strangely warm winter?

Addicted to apocalypse

Many people have fun thinking of how our doom will come.

Best of both worlds

Being mixed is now considered a privilege in our society.

Obsessing over cleanliness

Unfortunately, eliminating germs could be one of the worst things for our health.

New, innovative uses for SMS

In 2008, Canadians sent 2.8 billion text messages. By the end of 2009, this number had risen to 3.7 billion messages. With about 122...

University burnout

It finally happened. I sat in on my first midterm of my fourth year in university and went blank. This isn’t the first time I’ve gone blank on a test, but it’s the first time I didn’t care.

A link between birth control and sexual attraction

When it comes to dating, men find women confusing. What does she find attractive in a man? What are the dos and don’ts of flirting with her? Will she prefer someone handsome or someone rich? Women like to think they know exactly what they look for and that they are in complete control of their “mate choice”.

Do women in math and science avoid romance?

A recent study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggests that women who want to pursue a romantic relationship will stay away from science, technology, engineering, and math (also called STEM).

Will humans become extinct?

Humans are unusually gifted at causing the extinction of species. Could they be next?

Is the MCAT still relevant?

Thousands of undergraduate students in Canada and the United States write this standardized exam at least once in their lives. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is often the final hurdle for a pre-med student’s application.

No more lost in space

The HARPS team has discovered over 150 planets in eight years. The trick to finding planets, says HARPS, is to look for wobbly stars. The stars’ light appears to oscillate because they are being tugged at by a nearby planet’s orbit.

Cool jobs in science: I want to be a…

Being a science student isn’t easy. There are pre-labs, labs, lab reports, equations, mechanisms, and endless tests, assignments, and quizzes. To be honest, I...

So you think you know Life Sciences?

From March 11 to 13, the University of Toronto will host its first Canadian University Life Science Challenge (CULSC).Organized on behalf of the U...

Sexy science

I pop Pride and Prejudice into my DVD player. I watch for the millionth time as Mr. Darcy stares into Elizabeth Bennett’s eyes. I...

Crumbling under exam pressure? Scientists say: write

I studied for weeks. I attended office hours. I finished every possible homework problem, tutorial exercise, and past exam. I wrote the test.I blanked.University...

The mystery of the “death clouds”

On July 22, 2008, astronauts from the International Space Station noticed a phenomenon they had never seen before: wisps of electric white-blue clouds streamed...

“Aflockalypse”

On New Year’s Eve, residents of Beebe, Arkansas prepared for the usual yearly celebrations. Friends gathered, concerts blared, and fireworks ignited. The next day,...

Speed dating and mate preferences

Lisa fixes her hair, powders her nose, and checks her lipstick. She steps into the speed dating room and glances at the men she’s...

Is plagiarism increasing at UTM?

The number of reports of plagiarism continues to increase at the University of Toronto Mississauga. But is the act of plagiarism itself increasing, or...

Avoiding an Armageddon

Dinosaurs may not be the only ones to see a huge asteroid coming their way. Luckily, humans can develop methods to predict and destroy...

So you want to be a vegetarian?

I mull over the Swiss Chalet menu. My stomach grumbles. My mouth waters. My eyes take in the sumptuous pictures of dinner choices. Classic...

Water, water everywhere

Evian, Dasani, Aquafina. It’s fresh, it’s tasty, it’s safe. Or is it? According to Nick Reaves, an executive director of Great Britain’s Chartered Institution of Water...

Students on ice

On December 26, 65 high school students from around the world embarked on an expedition to the Antarctic as part of the award-winning Students...

Alumni Association hosts Philosopher's Café

What do a failed Shakespearian actor, a coming-of-age boy and a group of vicious thieves have in common? According to fans of internationally-acclaimed novelist...

Rejected fruit flies turn to booze

Male fruit flies drink more alcohol when a female denies them sex

The quest for the perfect child

Is it ethical for parents to be able to choose what their baby will be like through embryo screening?

Music really can heal the soul

U of T is planning to create a new centre dedicated to the medicinal effects of music

Getting the vole story

Can true love can be scientifically explained? How monogamous rodents reveal the secrets of human love

A warm winter? What’s that all aboot?

Canadians love talking about our unpredictable weather. What do they think about our strangely warm winter?

Addicted to apocalypse

Many people have fun thinking of how our doom will come.

Best of both worlds

Being mixed is now considered a privilege in our society.

Obsessing over cleanliness

Unfortunately, eliminating germs could be one of the worst things for our health.

New, innovative uses for SMS

In 2008, Canadians sent 2.8 billion text messages. By the end of 2009, this number had risen to 3.7 billion messages. With about 122...

University burnout

It finally happened. I sat in on my first midterm of my fourth year in university and went blank. This isn’t the first time I’ve gone blank on a test, but it’s the first time I didn’t care.

A link between birth control and sexual attraction

When it comes to dating, men find women confusing. What does she find attractive in a man? What are the dos and don’ts of flirting with her? Will she prefer someone handsome or someone rich? Women like to think they know exactly what they look for and that they are in complete control of their “mate choice”.

Do women in math and science avoid romance?

A recent study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggests that women who want to pursue a romantic relationship will stay away from science, technology, engineering, and math (also called STEM).

Will humans become extinct?

Humans are unusually gifted at causing the extinction of species. Could they be next?

Is the MCAT still relevant?

Thousands of undergraduate students in Canada and the United States write this standardized exam at least once in their lives. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is often the final hurdle for a pre-med student’s application.

No more lost in space

The HARPS team has discovered over 150 planets in eight years. The trick to finding planets, says HARPS, is to look for wobbly stars. The stars’ light appears to oscillate because they are being tugged at by a nearby planet’s orbit.

Cool jobs in science: I want to be a…

Being a science student isn’t easy. There are pre-labs, labs, lab reports, equations, mechanisms, and endless tests, assignments, and quizzes. To be honest, I...

So you think you know Life Sciences?

From March 11 to 13, the University of Toronto will host its first Canadian University Life Science Challenge (CULSC).Organized on behalf of the U...

Sexy science

I pop Pride and Prejudice into my DVD player. I watch for the millionth time as Mr. Darcy stares into Elizabeth Bennett’s eyes. I...

Crumbling under exam pressure? Scientists say: write

I studied for weeks. I attended office hours. I finished every possible homework problem, tutorial exercise, and past exam. I wrote the test.I blanked.University...

The mystery of the “death clouds”

On July 22, 2008, astronauts from the International Space Station noticed a phenomenon they had never seen before: wisps of electric white-blue clouds streamed...

“Aflockalypse”

On New Year’s Eve, residents of Beebe, Arkansas prepared for the usual yearly celebrations. Friends gathered, concerts blared, and fireworks ignited. The next day,...

Speed dating and mate preferences

Lisa fixes her hair, powders her nose, and checks her lipstick. She steps into the speed dating room and glances at the men she’s...

Is plagiarism increasing at UTM?

The number of reports of plagiarism continues to increase at the University of Toronto Mississauga. But is the act of plagiarism itself increasing, or...

Avoiding an Armageddon

Dinosaurs may not be the only ones to see a huge asteroid coming their way. Luckily, humans can develop methods to predict and destroy...

So you want to be a vegetarian?

I mull over the Swiss Chalet menu. My stomach grumbles. My mouth waters. My eyes take in the sumptuous pictures of dinner choices. Classic...

Water, water everywhere

Evian, Dasani, Aquafina. It’s fresh, it’s tasty, it’s safe. Or is it? According to Nick Reaves, an executive director of Great Britain’s Chartered Institution of Water...

Students on ice

On December 26, 65 high school students from around the world embarked on an expedition to the Antarctic as part of the award-winning Students...

Alumni Association hosts Philosopher's Café

What do a failed Shakespearian actor, a coming-of-age boy and a group of vicious thieves have in common? According to fans of internationally-acclaimed novelist...
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