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Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Published: Oct 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Small islands dwarf large ones in archaeological importance, says a University of Florida researcher, who found that people who settled the Caribbean before Christopher Columbus preferred more minute pieces of land because they relied heavily on the sea.

UF study suggests spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites far older than fossil record indicates

UF study suggests spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites far older than fossil record indicates

Published: Oct 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Halloween is the only holiday when spiders and other arachnids get a little respect from humans, and a new University of Florida study suggests they deserve more, because they’ve apparently managed to survive a very, very long time.

‘Second China’ offers foreign service workers first impression

‘Second China’ offers foreign service workers first impression

Published: Oct 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Diplomats or military envoys making their first trip to China may soon have a chance to visit a Chinese office building, stop in at a traditional teahouse or hop a cab — all before they board a plane.

Alcohol ads increase in areas with more Hispanic children

Alcohol ads increase in areas with more Hispanic children

Published: Oct 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children are exposed to nearly seven times more alcohol advertising if they attend a school where at least one-fifth of the students are Hispanic, a new University of Florida and University of Texas study shows.

Finance worries cause Florida consumer confidence to drop

Published: Oct 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians plummeted eights points to 60 in October, reflecting people’s concerns about the volatility of financial markets and portending a shaky holiday season for retailers, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF doctoral student uses high-tech method to solve Greece’s tough mosquito problem

Published: Oct 27th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida doctoral student from Greece is helping her country control its massive mosquito problem by using a high-tech, environmentally friendly system that uses a helicopter to spray tiny amounts of insecticide into precision-targeted areas.

UF researchers obtain $4 million federal contract to improve military food distribution

Published: Oct 23rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have obtained a one-year, $4 million contract to develop better technology ensuring military rations traveling overseas arrive intact, fresh and nutritious.

Wearing candidate garb won’t keep voters away from polls in Florida

Published: Oct 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While poll workers in some states will turn away voters who wear political shirts, hats or buttons, wearing your political pride while voting in Florida won’t violate any anti-solicitation laws, a UF political science professor said.

Serendipitous observations reveal rare event in life of distant quasar

Serendipitous observations reveal rare event in life of distant quasar

Published: Oct 21st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A bit of serendipity has given astronomers a surprise view of a never-before-observed event in the birth of a galaxy.

Recent financial crisis fails to hurt confidence in Florida real estate

Published: Oct 20th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The national economic crisis has failed to rattle Florida real estate experts, who, despite serious concerns about the availability of financing, remain surprisingly calm about market conditions within the state, a new University of Florida survey finds.