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Research Matters is a public outreach initiative that explores how Ontario university research affects everyday life, and improves the ways people live, work and play.

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The Barbarian’s Beverage

Stephen Fields | April 10, 2014

More sophisticated beer enthusiasts may already know their favourite beverage was being made in places like Egypt and Mesopotamia as far back as 5,000 years ago. They may also incorrectly assume it was eventually brought from there to Europe read more »
Lack of will power

Fit to be researched

Patchen Barss | April 8, 2014

"Fifty percent of people who start an exercise program will quit within six months." In this TEDx talk, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, who is speaking at What Matters Now on April 9, reveals read more »
lego tree

Can wood replace plastic?

Paul Fraumeni | April 7, 2014

This article is being created using a keyboard that is made up mostly of the material that revolutionized manufacturing when it was invented in the mid 1800s—plastic. read more »
robot turtle

AQUA man: The rise of the six-limbed robot turtle

Noreen Fagan | April 2, 2014

It has six rotating flippers and can walk along a shoreline, swim in open water or dive deep into the dark ocean.  It is not a toy or a character in a computer game, but an amphibious autonomous robot named AQUA. read more »
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Upcoming Events

What Matters Now - GTA

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Free public event. Listen, debate, and have your say. McMichael Canadian Art Gallery, 10365 Islington Ave, Vaughan, Ontario view event »

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In the News

Event: Science on tap – Quench your interest

April 10, 2014

Our environment and our health: How ‘responsibility’ matters. Air, water and soil quality; food quality and security; climate change and infectious diseases – there are many ways in which our environments have profound effects on our health and the health of our communities. Read full article

Media Release: Top university researchers discuss What Matters Now at McMichael art gallery as part of travelling Research Matters series

April 4, 2014

Kleinburg, Ont., April 4, 2014 – Pain management, plants that can replace plastic, underwater robots, Canadian culture, and exercise for those with physical disabilities will be in the spotlight as five top Ontario university researchers discuss "What Matters Now" at the beautiful home of the country’s foremost collections of Canadian art. Read full article
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