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‘Pristine’ Amazonian region hosted large, urban civilization, study finds

‘Pristine’ Amazonian region hosted large, urban civilization, study finds

Published: Aug 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They aren’t the lost cities early explorers sought fruitlessly to discover.

UF experts encourage butterfly watching to take wing with new publications

Published: Aug 27th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Butterfly lovers used to catch and collect the insects, but in recent years, just watching them has become popular — and University of Florida experts say it could boost scientific research and economic development.

Florida consumer confidence rises as residents adjust to bad economy

Published: Aug 26th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians made huge gains in August, rising six points to 67 from its revised July index, suggesting a turning point as state residents come to grips with the bleak economic picture, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF helps Florida utilities assess impact of wind on power lines

UF helps Florida utilities assess impact of wind on power lines

Published: Aug 18th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With Tropical Storm Fay bearing down on Florida, thousands of residents are likely to be faced with power outages that are both disruptive and costly.

Obesity risk linked to history of chronic ear infections

Obesity risk linked to history of chronic ear infections

Published: Aug 14th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 5 million children cope with the agonizing ache of ear infection annually, but a new discovery suggests damage to taste nerves caused by the common childhood ailment might increase the risk of obesity later in life, say University of Florida College of Dentistry researchers.

Florida mosquito populations are booming, but diseases aren’t

Florida mosquito populations are booming, but diseases aren’t

Published: Aug 13th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes, the tiny vampires cover Alan Curtis’ legs in writhing black. Other times, only a few come for a nibble.

‘Voluntourism’ draws convention-goers wanting to lend a helping hand

Published: Aug 13th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many convention-goers are volunteering for public service rather than demanding prompt four-star service for themselves, a new University of Florida study finds.

New research reveals why chili peppers are hot

New research reveals why chili peppers are hot

Published: Aug 11th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the popularity of spicy cuisine among Homo sapiens, the hotness in chili peppers has always been something of an evolutionary mystery.

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea

Published: Aug 7th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have discovered a marine compound off the coast of Key Largo that inhibits cancer cell growth in laboratory tests, a finding they hope will fuel the development of new drugs to better battle the disease.