Older adults who were extremely close with family other than spouses had about a 6 percent risk of dying within the next five years, compared with about 14 percent among those who said they were not close to their family, according to U of T researchers. “Social relationships really do matter,” said lead researcher James Iveniuk of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
To understand Meric Gertler, the president of the University of Toronto, writes Globe education reporter Simona Chiose, it is instructive to examine how he decided to become involved in one of the most important and heated debates to ever engulf the city of Toronto: the question of whether police officers have the right to randomly stop people not associated with a crime.
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Years after returning from the Suriname jungle, Andrew Westoll, who teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough, hadn’t forgotten his time there studying wild capuchin monkeys, or the feeling of isolation that slowly crept in. Westoll is a former biologist, primatologist and a veteran of the non-fiction writing world. Now he has a novel, The Jungle South of the Mountain, slated for fall publication.
In sports, as in life, caffeine is the pick-me-up of choice. When Spanish researchers analyzed more than 20,000 urine samples from national and international athletic competitions a few years ago, three-quarters of the samples contained caffeine. But does a cup of coffee really make you stronger and faster? That may depend on your genes, according to surprising new data presented at a conference earlier this summer by researchers at the University of Toronto.
The future of urban transit includes a lot of "shared mobility" says a new report from the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto.
Bike-sharing and ride-sharing services and apps are changing the way people travel – owning your own vehicle is no longer everyone's goal. Policy makers need to accept this, U of T's Sara Ditta tells The Toronto Star, and explore new ways of integrating disruptive technologies.
Independent media is becoming increasingly rare, with more and more publishers living under the umbrellas of corporate conglomerates or being backed by copious amounts of venture capital. Profitable independent media companies are even rarer, which is why the news that Gawker.com will no longer exist after Gawker Media was bought by Univision is disheartening, says Jaren Kerr, managing editor of the Varsity.