University of Toronto HIV researcher Stephen McCarthy says blood donor screening remains necessary because while technology has improved, there's still an approximately 10-day lag between the point of donation and the time when disease is detected. Screening donors helps reduce the risk that a pathogen could enter the blood supply. But instead of screening based on sexual orientation, he'd like to see donors evaluated based on the risk level of their lifestyles.
One of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists. University of Toronto investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions.
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With the return to school now only days away, it’s time for students to get back into studying mode. And for many, that means strapping on a set of headphones to drown out distractions before hitting the books. But does music really help us concentrate? A study led by U of T's Glenn Schellenberg found that listening to slow, easy music doesn’t hurt our ability to concentrate, but fast, up-tempo music might.
Canada has been a silent spectator over the past decade as geopolitical tensions between China and the United States have intensified, says University of Toronto professor Wendy Dobson. We are perceived as distant, aloof and reactive, focused narrowly on our own economic advantage contends the Rotman School of Management professor.
Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet next week thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle most of us would do away with in the first place, argues Craig Daniel Smith, a political science doctoral candidate.
Team Canada’s athletes have been returning from Rio to cheers and applause, but not everyone is basking in the post-Olympic glow. One of the country’s top sport policy experts points out participation in organized sports in Canada has declined significantly over the past two decades. “We have all this talk about how young kids will be inspired to become involved in sport and yet no money goes toward ensuring that,” says Peter Donnelly, the director of the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto.
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.