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A daily dose of politics is stressing Americans out, but dealing with it might jeopardize motivation to act

Let’s face it, politics is hard to avoid. From 24-hour news cycles to social media posts from your angry uncle, it’s almost impossible not to get a daily dose of it. But new research finds that…

Study finds most new species don’t evolve by adapting to different environments, but to similar ones

Since the days of Charles Darwin, evolutionary biologists have widely believed that most new species form because they’ve adapted to different environments. A U of T Scarborough study suggests…

'It could be really powerful': Researchers using location data from cellphones to study public parks

Public parks are a balancing act — the more people enjoy them, the more wildlife is naturally damaged — and location data from cellphones could be key to finding the sweet spot. 

‘It’s unacceptable’: Professor Joe Hermer on why policing homeless encampments needs to end

Last week a landmark report on homeless encampments across Canada was released by the federal housing advocate, the office responsible for protecting citizen rights to housing. The report, which…

Discovery of non-native bees in Canada could pose a serious threat to native mason bees

Researchers at U of T Scarborough have discovered two species of bee in Canada for the first time, and the presence of one could pose a big threat to native mason bees. The non-native mason bees (…

Irena Creed to lead $10-million project to study role wetlands play in combating climate change

It’s hard to overstate the importance of wetlands. They provide habitat for wildlife, filtration for water, and even play a role in protecting us from drought. Now a group of Canadian researchers…

Here’s how cities can make green infrastructure the new normal — equitably and sustainably

It’s a hot day but the tree canopy above your condo is keeping you cool. You go for a stroll through the forest in the nearby public park. It rained last night and instead of flooding, water is…

Study finds what we think we like in a romantic partner – and what we actually prefer – don't always match up

Intelligent. Confident. Funny. Kind. If you have ever filled out an online dating profile, you have probably thought about the kind of qualities you find attractive in a partner. But where do these…

The future of urban farming?

Toronto has one of the most progressive green roof policies in North America – and was the first city on the continent to make them mandatory for new construction. Green roofs help cool buildings,…

Scarborough could have one of the world’s best off-road trail systems

By connecting the many fragmented trails throughout Toronto’s east end, every corner of Scarborough could be reached by foot or bike, creating potentially the most comprehensive network of off-road…

Newborns of women with disabilities more likely to have health complications, study finds

One of the largest studies of its kind has found babies of women with disabilities have a higher chance of having rare health complications and needing intensive care. That study also notes how many…

‘People-centric’ approach to creating surveys may help researchers collect better data on communities

When a team of U of T Scarborough students surveyed hundreds of households across Toronto, a custom handbook helped them get almost half of all residents to participate. The handbook, available…