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UF: Weak Florida Consumer Confidence Bad Omen For Holiday Sales

Published: Sep 30th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remained unchanged this month, but a sharp drop in perceptions about whether it is a good time to buy big-ticket items may foreshadow a lackluster holiday retail season for the second year in a row, University of Florida economists report.

Dirty wars cast shadow on virtues of Patriot Act

Dirty wars cast shadow on virtues of Patriot Act

Published: Sep 29th, 2003

Can more than 69,000 people be killed and most of their deaths go unnoticed?

Scientists To Probe Sea Slugs For Clues To Memory, Learning

Published: Sep 25th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida and Columbia University scientists will probe the genetic underpinnings of nerve cells, including those responsible for learning and memory, through research on a common sea slug with a very uncommon brain.

Federal officials: UF engineers’ hurricane data vital to monitoring Isabel

Published: Sep 24th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Federal hurricane forecasters and emergency managers had an unprecedented up-close, real-time view of Hurricane Isabel’s windy fury as the storm moved ashore last week, thanks in part to four mobile weather towers operated by the University of Florida and Clemson University.

UF Researcher Unravels Estrogen’s Antioxidant Mechanism

Published: Sep 24th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New insight into how estrogen works may lead to better treatments for stroke patients, say researchers with the University of Florida’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.

UF Researchers Find Amazon Once Home To Large, Complex Settlements

Published: Sep 18th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Amazon, that massive rain forest that evokes images of primordial jungle and nomadic tribes, once supported settlements of thousands of people who lived in villages connected by an ancient version of interstates and interspersed with fields, moats and bridges.

Ancient Protein, Reconstructed By "Paleobiochemists," Suggests Hot World

Published: Sep 17th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A billion years ago, the ancestors of today’s bacteria thrived in an environment similar to a Yellowstone hot spring, suggesting Earth may have been a much warmer place closer to the time when life originated.

Here Comes The Sun: Engineers Develop Solar Desalination System

Published: Sep 16th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A solution to the growing need for fresh water in many parts of the world may come from a natural source: the sun.

Recalling Progressivism: Let the California “Circus” Proceed

Recalling Progressivism: Let the California “Circus” Proceed

Published: Sep 15th, 2003

Commentators from the right and the left have derided the recall election of Gov. Gray Davis as a political debacle, calling it a three-ring circus. The latest act in the center ring-the order by the 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold the October 7 election as scheduled-has all but guaranteed that the election will occur as originally planned.

UF Scientists Discover Adult Human Blood Stem Cells Can Build Human Blood Vessels In Mice

Published: Sep 15th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF scientists have scored another first in a string of advances using stem cells, this time showing they can inject mice with adult stem cells from human blood and spur human blood vessels to grow in their eyes.