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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.

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.

Magnesium surgical implants can be designed to biodegrade, promote bone growth

Published: August 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away.

Experts on human-centered computing are coming to UF

Published: May 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an effort to become a national leader in making computers more secure and more personalized to individual needs, the University of Florida has recruited a team of computer scientists with specialties in what’s known as human-centered computing.

Engineering team claims $25,000 in UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition

Published: April 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Three engineering students whose company developed a portable water purification device that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water were awarded $25,000 for winning the UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition on Friday.

Nanotubes made from plants could allow delivery of DNA into cells, improve chemotherapy treatment

Published: April 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences took what some would consider garbage and made a remarkable scientific tool, one that could someday help to correct genetic disorders or treat cancer without chemotherapy’s nasty side effects.

With playoffs underway, UF researchers offer a safer football helmet

Published: January 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bone-crushing tackles may make football fans avert their eyes in horror, but Ghatu Subhash studies collisions, impacts and crashes, both on the field and off.

Change in geometry improves aerodynamics, UF researchers say

Published: December 20 2013

GAINESVILLE—Kids and dogs understand the force of air, when they stick their hands and heads out of moving cars only to feel them pushed back. It may be invisible, but air is like a see-through net dragging a vehicle back as it strains to move forward.

Pig kidneys for transplantation could help thousands of patients with kidney failure

Published: December 4 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kidney failure patients in the not-too-distant future may have a new option that sidesteps the current organ shortage, lengthy wait and potential rejection: Grow your own.

NASA enlists UF faculty to develop small satellite technology

Published: August 28 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mechanical and aerospace engineering and astronomy faculty members at the University of Florida have been selected to work with NASA’s Langley Research Center on navigation and guiding systems for small satellites.

Throbbing pain isn't a matter of the heart, UF researchers find

Published: August 6 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Throbbing pain may pound like a heartbeat, but University of Florida scientists have discovered the sensation is all in your head, or more precisely, in your brain waves.

UF lands $8 million federal award for supercomputing research

Published: June 28 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida on Thursday received an $8 million federal award and was named one of six universities nationwide tapped to conduct high-performance computing simulations aimed at addressing some of the world’s most complex problems.

Tiny airplanes and subs from University of Florida laboratory could be next hurricane hunters

Published: June 4 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kamran Mohseni envisions a day when the unmanned vehicles in his laboratory at the University of Florida will swarm over, under and through hurricanes to help predict the strength and path of the storms.

UF is first university to fully connect to Internet2 Innovation Platform's three components

Published: May 7 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is the first university to fully connect to the Internet2 Innovation Platform's three components, an achievement that will transform research at UF and provide a national model for research computing.

UF launches HiPerGator, the state's most powerful supercomputer

Published: May 7 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida today unveiled the state's most powerful supercomputer, a machine that will help researchers find life-saving drugs, make decades-long weather forecasts and improve armor for troops.

Researchers work across fields to uncover information about hadrosaur teeth

Published: October 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An unusual collaboration between researchers in two disparate fields resulted in a new discovery about the teeth of 65-million-year-old dinosaurs.

Department of Energy awards UF $800,000 to improve nuclear power safety

Published: June 5 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The nuclear engineering program in the University of Florida’ s department of materials science and engineering was recently awarded an $800,000 research grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

University of Florida physicists set new record for graphene solar cell efficiency

Published: May 24 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doping may be a no-no for athletes, but researchers in the University of Florida’s physics department say it was key in getting unprecedented power conversion efficiency from a new graphene solar cell created in their lab.

UF researchers look for ways to make an emerging technology safe for environment

Published: March 21 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The percentage of electronic waste occupying our landfills has grown at an alarming rate over the last decade, giving rise to concerns about the toxicity of components used in consumer electronics.

New breakthrough shows promise for affordable plastic solar energy cells

Published: December 19 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers report they have achieved a new record in efficiency with a prototype solar cell that could be manufactured using a roll-to-roll process.