UF scientists show adult blood stem cells can transform into brain cells in people

Published: April 29 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have discovered that male blood stem cells evolved into male brain cells in three women who underwent bone marrow transplantation to treat cancer.

Student-built projectile could help soldiers detect bombs, chemicals

Published: April 28 2004

UF survey: Florida consumer confidence steady in improved economy

Published: April 27 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remained steady in April, with optimism about buying big-ticket items amid signs of an improving economy balanced by concerns for the long-term health of the U.S. economy, University of Florida economists report.

UF Study: Mistaken Beliefs About Smoking Moms Can Influence Minorities

Published: April 27 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The illusion of smoking can be just as deadly as the real thing for minority inner- city girls who believe their mothers have the habit, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF Study: Sibling Violence Leads To Battering In College Dating

Published: April 22 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brothers and sisters who fight while growing up lay the groundwork for battering their dates by the time they get to college, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF Study: Household Size Changes More For Elderly Blacks Than Whites

Published: April 19 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The comings and goings of children, grandchildren, relatives and "fictive kin" who are close to the family but not related create larger households for elderly blacks compared with their white counterparts, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF Engineer Redesigns Classic Archery Bow To Shoot Farther, Easier

Published: April 15 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Inspired by the workings of a tape measure, an engineer says he has found a way to improve the bow used by hunters and warriors since antiquity without radically changing its form.

UF Researcher: Animals Think In Their Own Way, But Unlike Humans

Published: April 13 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Does your dog know if you’ve had a bad day? Probably, but don’t expect your cat to catch on.

Committees hold the secret to campaign financing

Published: April 10 2004

If you’re keeping score of who’s filling up their campaign coffers the fastest this election season, you’d be wise not to focus your attention on the state parties or the candidates.

Suburban coyotes on the rise, UF professor says

Published: April 9 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They’ve long been a symbol of the wild open spaces of the American West. Now coyotes are making themselves at home in Florida’s suburbs.

UF Study: Barren Siberia, Of All Places, May Be Original Home To Animal Life

Published: April 7 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trilobites, the primitive shelled creatures considered by many to be among the first animals to appear in the fossil record, may have originated in a place known today largely for its barren lifelessness: Siberia.

UF Researchers Use Gel To Deliver Gene Therapy To Diaphragm Muscle

Published: April 6 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have used a common gel to successfully deliver gene therapy to the diaphragm muscle of mice with inherited respiratory weaknesses, enabling them to breathe easier.

U.S. policies do not serve national interests

Published: April 5 2004

In the midst of the recent bombings in Spain, the turmoil in the Middle East, and the weak growth of American jobs, both George W. Bush and John Kerry are paying close attention to a “seemingly” minor issue: Cuba.

Barge vs. Bridge Experiments Set For Panhandle Waters; Aim To Increase Safety

Published: April 5 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tugboat captain guides a 150-foot, 800-ton barge up a bay and points it at a bridge with one goal in mind: to ram it.

UF Researchers Use Essential Oil As Earth-Friendly Pesticide

Published: April 1 2004

QUINCY, Fla. — Aromatherapy … for watermelons, tomatoes and strawberries?

UF Researchers: Equine Influenza Virus Likely Involved In Recent Respiratory Disease Outbreak In Racing Greyhounds

Published: April 22 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In what is believed to be the first scientific report of equine influenza virus jumping the species barrier, University of Florida veterinary researchers say the virus is the likely cause of a respiratory disease outbreak that killed eight racing greyhounds from kennels in Jacksonville in January.

From secrecy to sonnets

Published: April 27 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than three decades of service to his country gathering intelligence and handling some of the U.S. government’s most sensitive information has given Arthur McMaster a unique perspective on how the world works.

UF Researcher: "Veiled" Organizations Secretly Sway Ballot Measures

Published: April 14 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stealth or disguised political organizations with little public accountability are spending large sums of frequently untraceable money to influence the outcomes of referendum elections in many states, largely due to weak or loophole-ridden disclosure laws.

UF Researchers Find Important Habitat For Endangered Sea Turtle Off Florida's Fast-Developing Coast

Published: April 21 2004

CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. — The waters of St. Joseph Bay are a home to a previously unknown feeding ground for endangered green turtles, University of Florida researchers have discovered.