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Study co-author J. Angel Soto-Centeno displays the fossilized skull of a Cuban fruit bat, Brachyphylla nana.

Fossils link Caribbean bat extinction to humans, not climate change

Published: January 22 2015

Sharing caves with millions of bats, the Caribbean’s first humans may have driven some species of the winged mammals to extinction.

Researchers call for immediate end to corporal punishment in Florida schools

Published: January 21 2015

A team of University of Florida researchers is calling for an immediate end to paddling students in all state public schools, citing its new study of classroom disciplinary trends that depicts corporal punishment as violent and outdated, and a source of complications such as increased dropout rates and lawsuits.

New UF study reveals oldest primate lived in trees

Published: January 20 2015

Say “primate” and most people wouldn’t think of a tree-dwelling, squirrel-like creature that weighs no more than a deck of playing cards, but a new study suggests that may perfectly describe humans’ earliest primate ancestors.

UF/IFAS study: Wheat yield to decline as temperatures increase

Published: January 13 2015

For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That’s one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.

Study finds genetic predictor of serious hemorrhagic stroke complications

Published: January 12 2015

University of Florida Health researchers have found a possible predictor for little understood -- but often disabling or even fatal -- stroke complications.

On a tropical island, fossils reveal the past – and possible future – of polar ice

Published: January 8 2015

The balmy islands of Seychelles couldn’t feel farther from Antarctica, but their fossil corals could reveal much about the fate of polar ice sheets.

Florida's December consumer confidence continues upward trend

Published: December 30 2014

Consumer sentiment among Floridians continued its steady rise to reach a post-recession high in December of 87.4, the highest level since February 2007, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

When a bright light fades

Published: December 19 2014

A dying star reveals its inner secrets.

University of Florida experts predict food trends for 2015

Published: December 17 2014

For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015.

Decoding the tree of life: UF geneticist contributes to groundbreaking study of bird evolution

Published: December 11 2014

Nature abhors a vacuum, which may explain the findings of a new study showing that bird evolution exploded 65 million years ago when nearly everything else on earth — dinosaurs included — died out.

Interns, volunteers and nursing students staffed the school-based immunizations.

Immunizing schoolkids fights flu in others, too

Published: December 9 2014

Mathematical models predicted it, and now a University of Florida study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well.

Survey shows Floridians have concerns about food safety, GMOs

Published: December 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- While Floridians believe they do a fairly good job of keeping themselves safe from foodborne illnesses, they aren’t always clear about which foods, preparation techniques or cooking methods pose the biggest risks.

Climate change already showing effects at Kennedy Space Center

Published: December 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The effects of climate change are already showing up in places from Miami to Alaska, scientists say, but two University of Florida geologists are focusing their attention on one especially noteworthy and vulnerable piece of waterfront real estate: Kennedy Space Center.

University of Florida scientists think they’ve found the first potential biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry. The redbay ambrosia beetle, see here, bores holes into avocado trees, bringing the disease that causes laurel wilt.
Credit: Lyle Buss, UF/IFAS

UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

Published: December 2 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry.

Pratap Pullammanappallil, a UF associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, poses with an anaerobic digester used in a process he developed at NASA’s request to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Photo by Amy Stuart, UF/IFAS Communications.

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste -- yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

Florida's November consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit a post-recession high of 86 in November, an increase of two points over October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

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.