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Florida consumer confidence hits lowest level in more than five years

Published: Dec 21st, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The housing crisis, a declining stock market and higher gas prices are all to blame for a two-point drop in Florida’s consumer confidence to 74, its lowest level in more than five years, a new University of Florida study finds.

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The collapse of honeybee colonies across North America is focusing attention on the honeybees’ vital role in the survival of agricultural crops, and a new study by University of Florida and Indiana University Southeast researchers shows insect pollinators have likely played a key role in the evolution and success of flowering plants for nearly 100 million years.

To curious aliens, Earth would stand out as living planet

To curious aliens, Earth would stand out as living planet

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With powerful instruments scouring the heavens, astronomers have found more than 240 planets in the past two decades, none likely to support Earth-like life.

UF researcher: Unions must recruit blacks in order to regain influence

Published: Dec 19th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — America’s faltering labor movement will not survive unless unions do more to embrace blacks and other minority workers, says a University of Florida researcher and author of a new book.

UF engineer’s circuit to help enable miniature medical implants

UF engineer’s circuit to help enable miniature medical implants

Published: Dec 18th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida engineering researcher is helping to pave the way for tiny implanted medical devices that could one day administer medicine to ill patients, help disabled people use artificial limbs or perform other therapeutic tasks within the body.

Ancient global warming changed earth from ’icehouse to greenhouse’

Published: Dec 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Earth literally turned over a new leaf 15 million years ago when an earlier version of global warming changed large parts of the planet from lush forests to open grasslands, a new study by scientists at the University of Florida and other institutions shows.

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

Published: Dec 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home buyers appreciate the benefits of “green” communities, but residents don’t necessarily lead more eco-friendly lives than their neighbors in traditional homes, according to two University of Florida studies conducted in the fast-growing state.

Too much fructose could leave dieters sugar shocked

Published: Dec 12th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Here’s one tip for how to eat at the holidays: Don’t take your cues from Santa. The sugary cookies and fat-laden fruitcakes the mythical North Pole resident eats are a no-no. But you don’t have to go no-carb to stay fit at the holidays, either, University of Florida researchers say.

UF engineers: Wireless charger provides efficient cord-free charging

UF engineers: Wireless charger provides efficient cord-free charging

Published: Dec 12th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Good news about that annoying jumble of electronic device charger power cords — it may soon be history.

Brain stem cells sensitive to space radiation

Published: Dec 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Measures to protect astronauts from health risks caused by space radiation will be important during extended missions to the moon or Mars, say researchers in a paper currently online in Experimental Neurology.