UF research: oyster shells hold promise as water cleanser

Published: June 30 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As living organisms, oysters help filter and clean seawater. Now, scientists may be able to broaden that natural cleansing ability by using the bivalves’ shells to rid fresh water of pollutants.

UF Scientists Correct Muscle Disorder In Mice By Delivering Gene Therapy To The Womb

Published: June 30 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — These days the stork barely begins to circle and parents already know whether to stock up on pink or blue. Now a growing number of researchers are pondering whether gene therapy to prevent an array of devastating disorders detectable before birth might someday also be part of the prenatal package.

Young Floridians Confident Amid Improved Economy; Seniors Uncertain

Published: June 29 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians in June regained some of its losses from the previous month, driven by a nationwide job market recovery, fewer unemployment claims and a revival in retail sales, University of Florida economists report.

Finding A Clue To A Mysterious Kidney Disease

Published: June 24 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A mysterious disease that causes the body's immune system to turn against itself also sends a warning signal to alert doctors of the onset of its worst symptoms, University of Florida physicians have found.

Weather Plays Major Role In Outcomes In Sport And Financial Arenas

Published: June 23 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It may be no surprise to avid football fans that teams coming from warm climates have a tough time winning in the cold, but new research shows investors might want borrow a page from the same playbook.

UF Geologists: New Technique Sheds Light On Maya History

Published: June 21 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There are elaborate hieroglyphs, burial objects and other clues.

Other viewpoints: Science, security lose as foreign-born enrollment dips

Published: June 17 2004

This year’s marked decline in international graduate student applications, largely attributed to the difficulty of obtaining student visas in the wake of Sept. 11, is ironic. If history is any guide, the foreign students we’re losing as a result of the war on terrorism may be the very ones we need to help us win it.

UF Obesity Research Suggests New Way To Beat Biochemical Bottleneck

Published: June 17 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There's more than one way to slim a cat – at least that's the hope of University of Florida obesity researchers, who believe pets and even people may someday benefit from gene therapy research aimed at breaking through the biochemical bottleneck that makes many middle-aged mammals gain weight.

Redemption Of Mail-In Rebates Declines With Increased Time Allowance

Published: June 15 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People may be in a hurry to save, but they're slow to take up the offer, a new UF study on mail-in rebates suggests.

Marriage Of Carbon Nanotubes, LEDS Shows Unexpectedly Bright Prospects

Published: June 14 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Carbon nanotubes, tiny cylinders whose extraordinary electrical and mechanical properties have spurred much excitement in recent years, may play an unexpected role in replacing the century-old incandescent light bulb.

New Forecasts Could Offer Solution To Swarms Of Pesky Midges

Published: June 10 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They may not have the bite of mosquitoes, but midges – those little insects that form cloud-like swarms- can be a major summer nuisance. They can ruin a car's paint job, contaminate food, cause severe allergic reactions in some people, and even pose hazards on roads and at airports.

Lowly Weeds May Hold Promise For Curing Host Of Common Health Woes

Published: June 8 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Unwanted, pulled or poisoned, the lowly weed is sometimes better than its highly touted "herbal" cousins for preventing and curing a host of diseases, according to University of Florida research.

UF Researcher: New Low-Carb Potato To Debut In January

Published: June 5 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Potatoes may be on the no-no list for high-protein diets, but a University of Florida researcher says a new low-carb potato will help win back die-hard carbohydrate counters.

Peaceful It Is Not, But Universe May Be Less Violent Than Once Thought

Published: June 1 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new analysis of Hubble Space Telescope data has uncovered evidence the universe experienced far fewer major collisions among galaxies than previously thought.

UF Researchers Detect Blood Vessel Dysfunction Linked To Heart Disease In Children With Diabetes

Published: June 5 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you aspire to be young at heart, consider shooting for healthy at heart instead.

New Plant Could Halt One Of World's Most Damaging Tomato Diseases

Published: June 28 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — One of the world’s most damaging tomato diseases may have met its match, now that University of Florida researchers have found a way to give plants resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus.