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UF Study: In some “senior moments,” elderly beat the young

Published: Apr 27th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although frustrated by “senior moments” of memory lapses, the elderly have a lifetime of knowledge that enables them to best the younger set even if they do slow down with age, says a University of Florida researcher.

In gene therapy first, scientists restore vision to dogs born blind

Published: Apr 27th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — During World War I, the French army dispatched ammunition-carrying Briard dogs to the front lines. The Red Cross turned to the shaggy-haired sheepdogs to haul first-aid supplies.

Genetically modified earth plants will glow from mars

Published: Apr 26th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In what reads like a story from a 1950s science fiction magazine, a team of University of Florida scientists has genetically modified a tiny plant to send reports back from Mars in a most unworldly way: by emitting an eerie, fluorescent glow.

UF survey: Personal finance concerns cause dip in consumer confidence

Published: Apr 24th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence in Florida fell two points this month, reflecting widespread concerns about personal finances, University of Florida economists said today.

Beach renourishment predictions “reasonably” accurate, study finds

Published: Apr 20th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coastal communities considering spending millions on renourishing beaches often want assurance their investment won’t wash out with a few big storms.

Golf ball-sized snail is critical link in Everglades restoration

Published: Apr 19th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The success of the $7.8 billion Everglades restoration project may rest on the apple snail — a golf ball-sized creature that is a key component of the food chain, say researchers from the University of Florida and two Florida water management districts.

UF researchers suspect lawsuit fear may hinder use of lifesaving devices

Published: Apr 18th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The layman’s version of the heart defibrillator, designed for placement in airports and other public places, could save thousands of lives each year, but University of Florida researchers suspect fear of litigation may be hindering their widespread use.

UF scientists explore adult stem cell potential

Published: Apr 13th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The political battle over medical use of embryonic tissue continues to rage, but out of the glare of the spotlight, scientists have been learning that some adult cells also hold vast treatment potential.

Sixth president of University of Florida, Stephen C. O’connell, dies

Published: Apr 13th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stephen Cornelius O’Connell, the sixth president of the University of Florida from 1967-73, died Friday at his home in Tallahassee. He was 85.

UF launches plan to preserve historic archive on Spain’s role in the New World

Published: Apr 12th, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is launching an effort to preserve and make accessible a veritable gold mine of rare historic documents in Cuba’s National Archives that chronicle three centuries of Spain’s colonization of the New World.