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Florida Consumer Sentiment Index-Feb2015

Consumer sentiment among Floridians continues upward trend

Published: February 27 2015

Floridians’ consumer sentiment rose more than a point from last month to 94.7 in February, the seventh straight month of increase, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Feast-and-famine diet could extend life, study shows

Published: February 26 2015

Think of it as interval training for the dinner table.

Dr. Heather Walden looks on while John Slapcinsky of UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History dissects a snail.

UF researchers: Rare parasite colonizing snails in South Florida

Published: February 25 2015

A rare parasite that can cause sickness in humans and animals is present in more species of snails in Florida than previously thought, potentially putting people and pets who eat snails at risk.

Tropical turtle discovery in Wyoming provides climate-change clues

Published: February 23 2015

Tropical turtle fossils discovered in Wyoming by University of Florida scientists reveal that when the earth got warmer, prehistoric turtles headed north. But if today’s turtles try the same technique to cope with warming habitats, they might run into trouble.

‘Aging in place’ may be the wrong answer for boomers and their parents

Published: February 19 2015

Baby boomers trying to pick the best living arrangements for themselves or their parents as they age should be wary of a phrase they coined in their younger years: If it feels good, do it.

Moths shed light on how to fool enemy sonar

Published: February 17 2015

A new study shows that moths can outsmart sonar with a flick of their long tails.

The coast of the northern Adriatic in Rimini, Italy, near one of the study sites that showed that human activities could be altering ecosystems that have been immune to major changes for centuries. Photo: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Humans altering Adriatic ecosystems more than nature, UF study shows

Published: February 13 2015

The ecosystems of the Adriatic Sea have weathered natural climate shifts for 125,000 years, but humans could be rapidly altering this historically stable biodiversity hot spot, a University of Florida study says.

Shark attack deaths down in 2014, UF says

Published: February 11 2015

Three people died worldwide from shark attacks last year, far below the average of 6.3 deaths per year over the past decade, according to the International Shark Attack File report released by the University of Florida today.

UF/IFAS awarded funding to fight citrus greening

Published: February 9 2015

esearchers at the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded more than $13.4 million for four studies to help fight citrus greening, the devastating disease that threatens Florida’s $10 billion citrus industry.

UF's New Cell-Phone-Only Survey Shows Big Jump in Florida's January Consumer Confidence

Published: January 30 2015

Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose sharply to 93.3 in January, almost 6 points higher than December’s reading, according to a new University of Florida study.

University of Florida researcher Alireza Pourreza uses a vision sensor he helped develop to detect citrus greening.

UF researchers develop effective, inexpensive citrus greening detector

Published: January 28 2015

While a commercially available cure for crop-killing citrus greening remains elusive, University of Florida researchers have developed a tool to help growers combat the insidious disease: an efficient, inexpensive and easy-to-use sensor that can quickly detect whether a tree has been infected.

UF study of drug users finds people with ADHD started using at younger age

Published: January 27 2015

Adults with a history of ADHD who use drugs started using substances one to two years earlier than those with no ADHD history, according to a new University of Florida study.

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.