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Low-income households boost Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Oct 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose three points to 80 in October largely due to optimism among low-income residents, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: School district size often determines fate of zero tolerance

Published: Oct 25th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The size of the school district often determines whether students are punished under zero tolerance policies and given another chance for an education, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: Men more traditional than women about marriage, children

Published: Oct 24th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women view childlessness much more favorably than men do, likely because parenting places greater demands on mothers, especially those juggling work and family responsibilities, a new University of Florida study finds.

From moths and cicadas come improvements to solar cells

From moths and cicadas come improvements to solar cells

Published: Oct 23rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Designing better solar cells might seem a question of electronics or chemistry, but for one University of Florida engineer, it starts with bugs.

Scientists find how amber becomes death trap for watery creatures

Published: Oct 18th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shiny amber jewelry and a mucky Florida swamp have given scientists a window into an ancient ecosystem that could be anywhere from 15 million to 130 million years old.

UF researcher: Soccer emerges as significant political force in Israel

Published: Oct 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Arab-Israeli conflict softens considerably between the goals of a soccer field, according to a new book by a University of Florida researcher, which finds that Arab fans in the Jewish state often cheer players in Hebrew and vote for Zionist candidates for political office.

UF researchers track genetic journey of HIV from birth to death

Published: Oct 16th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have discovered how HIV evolves over the course of a person’s lifetime into a more deadly form that heralds the onset of full-blown AIDS. The findings could pave the way for new therapeutic agents that target the virus earlier in the disease process, before it takes a lethal turn, researchers say.

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

Published: Oct 15th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an apparent first for butterflies, the Florida Museum of Natural History will auction the naming rights for a newly discovered species online to raise money for butterfly research.

Safer veggies soon to come from the Sunshine State, thanks to UF-led training

Published: Oct 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From fast food to dog food — new cases of contaminated cuisine seem to be a regular part of the modern news cycle. Tomatoes haven’t escaped mention in the ever-growing list, but the likelihood of their reappearance is about to shrink.

Retail holiday shopping outlook looks good despite economic setbacks

Published: Oct 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The approaching holidays may be merrier than expected for retailers. Despite a troubled housing market and higher gas prices, Florida consumers say they intend to spend more this season than they did last year, a new University of Florida survey shows.