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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.

Back from the brink

Published: July 14 2015

Inside UF's efforts to save a rare butterfly from extinction.

UF campus buzzing with creativity during summer B

Published: July 13 2015

Each year, during the University of Florida’s summer B semester, participants across campus present a series of activities aimed to delight, educate and entertain. The event is called Creative B.

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.

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.

UF breakthrough measures Parkinson’s progression in the brain

Published: May 26 2015

University of Florida researchers have identified a biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.

Fishermen, communities need more than healthy fish stocks

Published: May 6 2015

Alaska salmon are winners; Alaska salmon fishermen – not so much.

Study reveals evolutionary history of hawkmoths’ sonar jamming defense

Published: May 4 2015

One of the insect world’s most sophisticated defense mechanisms is more widespread than originally thought, existing for millennia.

More than majestic, fjords are carbon-sequestration superstars

Published: May 4 2015

In the effort to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, mankind has an unlikely ally: fjords.

Twins experiment reveals genetic link with mosquito bites

Published: April 22 2015

The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could come down to our genes.

UF launches digital book series to tell its best research stories

Published: April 15 2015

Tomatoes, viruses and voting.

UF/IFAS entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su

Two most destructive termite species forming superswarms in South Florida, UF study finds

Published: March 25 2015

Two of the most destructive termite species in the world -- responsible for much of the $40 billion in economic loss caused by termites annually -- are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida, creating hybrid colonies that grow quickly and have the potential to migrate to other states.

Shifting gears

Published: March 18 2015

A mechanic becomes a particle physicist.

Marston Library, Florida Museum to honor winners of science art competition

Published: March 11 2015

The images range from nanoparticles, to a dewdrop, to a woolly mammoth. What they share is the title of “winner” in the University of Florida Elegance of Science Contest. And all will be recognized in an awards ceremony at the Florida Museum of Natural History March 20 at 3:30 p.m.

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.

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.