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Florida researcher finds way to cut cost, save water and help the environment by changing one simple thing

Published: July 28 2015

Sanjay Shukla looked out over row upon row of tomato and pepper plants and had an idea: What would happen if he made the compacted soil rows taller and more narrow? Would the plants need less water, fertilizer and fumigation? Would the plants grow as tall? Would the plants produce as many vegetables?

Survey: Floridians care about endangered species, want to know more

Published: July 23 2015

Floridians are passionate about conserving and protecting plants, animals and their habitats, but they feel woefully uninformed, according to a survey by the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response

Published: July 23 2015

The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism.

Ag's next frontier? Growing plants in space

Published: July 17 2015

Space may not be the final frontier for Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert Ferl; they want to grow plants there. Because, who knows, we may one day try to live on Mars, and to survive, we’ll have to grow our own food.

It's official: Workplace rudeness is contagious

Published: July 16 2015

Rudeness in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant: It also spreads like a virus.

UF's College of Education partners with national nonprofit to provide recommendations for teacher preparation reform

Published: July 16 2015

Stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of skills educators need from their first day in the classroom, and more rigorous preparation programs for teachers and school leaders are among the steps state education chiefs can take to meet the needs of all students, especially those with disabilities, according to a new report issued jointly by a center for educator preparation reform at the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Evidence from past suggests climate trends could yield 20-foot sea-level rise

Published: July 9 2015

When past temperatures were similar to or slightly higher than the present global average, sea levels rose at least 20 feet, suggesting a similar outcome could be in store if current climate trends continue.

Majority of Floridians support requiring Spanish in public schools

Published: July 8 2015

Two-thirds of Floridians support requiring Spanish language instruction in Florida public schools, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Smart mouth guard could detect teeth grinding, dehydration, concussions

Smart mouth guard could detect teeth grinding, dehydration, concussions

Published: July 1 2015

The next big thing in wearable technology may show up right inside your mouth.

UF researchers invent device that makes chemotherapy more personalized, efficient

Published: June 30 2015

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable.

Number of people sickened by toxin in barracuda and other tropical reef fish higher than previously reported

Published: June 29 2015

Public health records may significantly underestimate the number of people in Florida who are sickened by a rare dangerous food-borne toxin carried by popular sport fish.

Muscadine grape seed oil may help reduce obesity, study shows

Published: June 29 2015

Muscadine grape seed oil supplies a form of vitamin E, giving scientists another clue to reducing obesity, a new University of Florida study shows.

Florida Consumer Sentiment Bounces Back in June

Published: June 26 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Consumer sentiment among Floridians rebounded 1.6 points in June to 89.5 after a nearly 7-point tumble in May, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey.

Mowing the lawn in those new running shoes? You may not be happy with them

Published: June 25 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When it comes to how many different ways you use the things you buy, more may not necessarily be better.

Is the Planet Headed for an Extinction Crisis?

Published: June 19 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the movie "Avatar," so many magnificent animals have gone extinct that scientists can only study them virtually. This environmentally ravaged Earth is set in the near future, in the year 2154, but according to University of Florida biologist Todd Palmer and his colleagues, the Earth in 2015 is already undergoing an accelerated mass extinction.

Existing drug used in transplants causes older rats to lose weight

Published: June 15 2015

Aging can cause many changes to the body, including obesity and a loss of lean mass. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has discovered that an existing drug reduces body fat and appetite in older rats, which has intriguing implications for aging humans.

Severely impaired stroke survivors regain arm function after intensive physical therapy

Published: June 12 2015

Time may heal all wounds, but in the case of stroke survivors, the key to better recovery is to spend more time in an intensive physical therapy program, according to a University of Florida Health study.

This gorgeous moth is an invasive plant’s worst nightmare

Published: June 12 2015

Taming an invasive plant that's 8 feet tall and poisonous is no small feat, especially if you're a tiny moth.

Visiting Jurassic World? Don’t feed the Triceratops

Published: June 12 2015

In “Jurassic World,” kids visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo get to ride on and feed a Triceratops. Turns out that’s not such a good idea.

Optimism among Florida real estate professionals at its highest since 2006

Published: June 9 2015

Optimism in the Florida real estate market remains strong among those in the business, according to the Survey of Emerging Market Conditions, conducted quarterly by the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration.