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.
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.
Published: May 6 2015
Alaska salmon are winners; Alaska salmon fishermen – not so much.
Published: May 4 2015
One of the insect world’s most sophisticated defense mechanisms is more widespread than originally thought, existing for millennia.
Published: May 4 2015
In the effort to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, mankind has an unlikely ally: fjords.
Published: April 22 2015
The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could come down to our genes.
Published: April 15 2015
Tomatoes, viruses and voting.
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.
Published: March 18 2015
A mechanic becomes a particle physicist.
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.
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.
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.
Published: February 17 2015
A new study shows that moths can outsmart sonar with a flick of their long tails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.