UF research: undercharged A/C systems a common, costly problem

Published: July 31 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the dog days of summer continue, lowering your electricity bills while staying cool and conserving energy may be easier than you think.

UF researchers discover how leukemia cells develop resistance to treatment

Published: July 30 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the onslaught of anticancer drugs bent on killing them, certain leukemia cells thrive by generating an enzyme critical to their survival, University of Florida researchers report in the current issue of The Biochemical Journal.

Scientists: collapse of coastal ecosystems tied to past overfishing

Published: July 26 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dying coral reefs, dwindling shellfish populations, shrinking seagrass beds and other collapses of the world’s coastal ecosystems are often blamed on pollution or global warming.

For peppers, 'hot' quite literally the spice of life, UF research shows

Published: July 25 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It adds the fire to chili and the hot to salsa, but what does the zing do for the pepper?

UF, NASA astronomers eye star with midriff bulge

Published: July 25 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using an ultra-high-resolution telescope, astronomers have observed a star spinning so fast its mid-section is stretched out, a phenomenon that had been suspected but never before measured.

UF expert: bedbugs are back in big city hotels

Published: July 24 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite. That grandmother’s bedtime warning may make a comeback if bedbug infestations continue to escalate.

Simulator shows how pollutants get into groundwater

Published: July 18 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A sand-filled plastic box is giving some Florida school children a clearer picture of how fragile the state’s precious groundwater supply is and how not to pollute it.

UF researchers: Florida has fewest older baby boomers

Published: July 13 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is missing a large part of the nation’s greatest growth explosion as the Sunshine State ranks dead last in the percentage of households with older baby boomers, according to the latest statistics available in a newly released University of Florida publication.

UF study: FCAT scores lower for schools with block schedule

Published: July 12 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida schools looking for ways to improve their FCAT scores may want to think twice about turning to a trendy format of longer classes known as the “block schedule.”

For bird watchers, UF launches internet bird monitoring program

Published: July 11 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Binoculars, a notebook, a pen – no self-respecting bird watcher would be without them. Now birding enthusiasts can add another tool to their bag: the Internet.

UF develops radiation-targeting system to treat tumors but spare healthy tissue

Published: July 6 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida scientists have developed new technology to more precisely target radiation beams at cancerous tumors of the body’s internal organs, an advance they hope will improve cure rates and result in fewer side effects.

UF scientists say global warming could spread mosquito

Published: July 5 2001

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Vanishing coastlines may not be the only peril in a global-warming world; disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquitoes may find the hotter temperatures to their liking and may show up in places they’ve never been seen before, according to new research published this week.

UF researchers: psychological factors contribute to heart monitor recipients’ quality of life

Published: July 19 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Picture this: A battery-operated device is about to be implanted in your chest to monitor your heartbeat. At any moment, it could sense something amiss and zap you with a powerful 750-volt shock to restore a healthy rhythm and save your life.