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Globe and Mail: Bringing Toronto’s Don River back from the dead

August 15, 2016

It was Canada’s “Potemkin” moment.

It was the summer of 1958 and Princess Margaret was nearing the end of an extensive Royal Tour of Canada. Her well-covered travels even included British media speculation that the 27-year-old sister of the Queen had fallen for the handsome young Montreal lawyer, John Turner, future Prime Minister of Canada, with whom she had danced and talked long into the night at a ball given at the naval base on Vancouver’s Deadman’s Island.

She had now come to Toronto where a cancer-treatment centre would take her name and where she would gather with schoolchildren at Riverdale Park. Her special train would be parked on the side of the Don River and she would have to cross over to the park via a footbridge.

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The Intelligencer: Wildlife, plants feeling the heat

August 15, 2016

More heat and less rainfall this summer are stressing plants, animals and people and could lead to less wildlife as the drought continues, authorities say. Conditions since May have been unusually hot and dry in southern Ontario, the Montreal area, southern New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia. A heat warning remained in effect here Friday. Humans are feeling it, but plants and animals are also showing signs of stress.

U of T News: Environmentally-friendly battery is long-lasting and high voltage

August 9, 2016

A team of University of Toronto chemists has created a battery that stores energy in a biologically-derived unit, paving the way for cheaper consumer electronics that are easier on the environment. The battery is similar to many commercially-available high-energy lithium-ion batteries with one important difference. It uses flavin from vitamin B2 as the cathode: the part that stores the electricity that is released when connected to a device.

U of T Engineering News: Recycling carbon dioxide

August 9, 2016

Turning carbon dioxide into stored energy sounds like science fiction: researchers have long tried to find simple ways to convert this greenhouse gas into fuels and other useful chemicals. Now, a group of researchers led by Professor Ted Sargent (ECE) has found a more efficient way, through the wonders of nanoengineering.