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Lindsay Mehrkam, a UF doctoral student in psychology, delivers Larry the tortoise’s preferred enrichment: a neck rub.

The Human Touch: New research suggests animals prefer human connections

Published: November 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- What do animals really want? A new study from the University of Florida suggests it might be human contact, at least in the case of some Galapagos tortoises.

As elephants go, so go the trees: Research shows hunting can have catastrophic effects on tropical forests

Published: November 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Overhunting has been disastrous for elephants, but their forest habitats have also been caught in the crossfire.

Ebola not likely to alter Americans’ holiday travel plans, survey shows

Published: November 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Ebola may be a worldwide health crisis, but a new study shows it’s not likely to keep many Americans from heading over the river and through the woods for the holidays.

Can Popsicle sticks improve your next trip to the polls?

Published: November 12 2014

If you were frustrated by how long it took to vote in recent elections, you’re not alone. University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith wants to help, and one of his most powerful tools is a humble Popsicle stick.

Endangered green sea turtle recovering from surgery to remove life-threatening tumors

Published: November 10 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An endangered green sea turtle rescued last month in the lower Florida Keys was recovering today after surgery performed Friday to remove potentially life-threatening tumors from its eyes.

UF researchers grow norovirus in human cells

Published: November 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida researchers have grown a human norovirus in a cell culture dish, finally opening the door to developing medications for fighting the intestinal scourge that strikes tens of millions every year in schools, hotels and cruise ships worldwide.

Global 'tree of life' study shows insects ruled Earth 400 million years ago

Published: November 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A new study involving more than 100 researchers from 10 countries, including the University of Florida, has reconstructed the insect tree of life and found, among other things, that insects ruled the land 400 million years ago.

UF/IFAS mosquito-feeding study may help stem dangerous viruses

Published: November 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Mosquitoes bite male birds nearly twice as often as they bite females, a finding that may help scientists understand how to stem some viruses from spreading to humans, new University of Florida research shows.

UF/IFAS researcher finds inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water

Published: November 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world’s most common pollutants: arsenic.

UF receives $1 million to boost skills of Florida's early learning educators

Published: October 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Florida College of Education to provide access to the latest teaching tools for the state’s 55,000 early learning educators.

Technology pioneered by UF researcher provides improved access for disabled voters

Published: October 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida researcher’s desire to provide citizens with disabilities the same opportunity to vote as everyone else could serve as the catalyst for revolutionizing voter access nationwide.

UF using sensors to monitor dangerous hits on football field

Published: October 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In football, a tackle can supply 100 G’s of force or more, well above the amount that can cause a concussion and more than 10 times the force of an F-16 jet roll maneuver. Now, University of Florida Health researchers are using the helmets of Gator football players to help measure the force of on-field hits as part of ongoing efforts to better understand and prevent concussions and treat them before they cause lasting damage.

UF: Floridians' growing consumer confidence falters just a smidge

Published: October 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped a point in October to 82, the first decline in the index since May, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF researchers discover leukemia’s hiding places

Published: October 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In patients with leukemia, cancer cells can embed within the walls of blood vessels and hide from chemotherapy, according to a University of Florida study published in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Leukemia.

UF physicists win two top international awards

Published: October 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Each year, the American Physical Society prizes honor the world’s leading physicists. This year, two of those coveted awards are going to researchers at the University of Florida.

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UF study: Megalodon shark became extinct 2.6 million years ago

Published: October 22 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A new University of Florida study dismisses claims that megalodon is still alive by determining a date of extinction for the largest predatory shark to ever live.

Struggle on the savanna: Leopards, wild dogs contribute to thorny landscape

Published: October 16 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a classic food chain, predators, such as the sleek and strong leopard, eat herbivores — for instance, the slender and deer-like impala. In turn, herbivores eat plants.

Researchers suggest Ebola virus may be creating its own immunity

Published: October 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The spread of Ebola in West Africa reveals two truths: The disease is swift, and it is devastating. Amid the chaos of deadly outbreak, researchers say another truth may exist: The disease might be quietly inoculating a significant portion of the population who are exposed to the virus but never succumb to it or show symptoms of being infected.

UF’s MIST Center to lead research of smart electronics for emerging 'Internet of Things'

Published: October 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida’s Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center will play a leading role in researching the next generation of “smart” electronics funded by a National Science Foundation program that combines federal money with industry investments in strategic research.

Analysis of 1.25 million scientific articles finds international collaboration can increase impact

Published: October 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- International collaboration tends to boost the profile of the science for all researchers involved, but collaborating with certain countries provides more of a scientific impact than others.