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Taking evolution’s temperature: Researchers pinpoint the energy it takes to make a species

Published: May 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Comfortable living is not why so many different life forms seem to converge at the warmer areas of the planet.

Hurricanes’ latent hazards tracked by poison centers

Published: May 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the start of this year’s hurricane season Thursday (June 1), Florida’s residents are preparing for the all-too-familiar havoc the storms can wreak. But hurricanes cause more than flooding, high winds and power outages – they also spawn public health hazards that often aren’t evident until days after winds die and storm waters recede.

Low home sales and high fuel prices hit consumer confidence

Published: May 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians in May did not budge from its April level of 86, the likely result of a downturn in the housing market and continued high fuel prices, University of Florida economists report.

Boaters beware – loose crab traps can cause havoc and headaches, UF expert says

Published: May 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With thousands of boats expected on Florida’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend, University of Florida extension agents say sailors should be wary of lost or abandoned crab traps that can wreak havoc on propellers and engines.

For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

Published: May 24th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hydrogen has been called “the fuel of the future.” But the gas is invisible, odorless and explosive at high concentrations, posing a safety problem for hydrogen-powered cars, filling stations and other aspects of the so-called hydrogen economy.

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have delivered a gene through an eggshell to give sight to a type of chicken normally born blind.

How ancient whales lost their legs, got sleek and conquered the oceans

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When ancient whales finally parted company with the last remnants of their legs about 35 million years ago, a relatively sudden genetic event may have crowned an eons-long shrinking process.

Certain blood pressure-lowering drugs reduce diabetes risk in Hispanic patients

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of drugs traditionally used to control blood pressure might not be ideal for Hispanic patients, University of Florida researchers warn.

Support for Israel not universal among American Jews, study shows

Published: May 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the view that Zionists dominate U.S. policy toward Israel, American Jews vary markedly in their support for the Middle Eastern nation depending on age, religious practices and ethnic pride, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you’ class tool may aid math students

UF study: ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you’ class tool may aid math students

Published: May 17th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a feeling nearly everyone remembers experiencing at least once: sitting in class unprepared, silently praying the teacher won’t call your name.