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Consumer confidence rises over optimism about the future

Published: Dec 24th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose five points to 67 in December, reflecting optimism about new presidential leadership in January despite unprecedented pessimism about personal finances, a new University of Florida study finds.

Engineers: Efficient organic LEDs a step toward better lights

Engineers: Efficient organic LEDs a step toward better lights

Published: Dec 23rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For those who love “green” compact fluorescent bulbs but hate their cold light, here’s some good news: Researchers are closer to flipping the switch on cheaper, richer LED-type room lighting.

Group treatment may help children achieve healthier weights

Published: Dec 18th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Group-based treatment programs may effectively combat childhood obesity in rural communities, according to a new University of Florida study.

Holiday light technology could be the secret to growing better crops

Holiday light technology could be the secret to growing better crops

Published: Dec 17th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s the time of year when festive lights outline rooftops and driveways, but University of Florida researchers have a different reason to celebrate the same technology that’s becoming popular Yule-time décor — better-growing crops.

Cellular ‘brakes’ may slow memory process in aging brains

Published: Dec 10th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may have discovered why some brain cells necessary for healthy memory can survive old age or disease, while similar cells hardly a hairsbreadth away die.

UF researcher helps test next generation plug-in hybrid car technology

UF researcher helps test next generation plug-in hybrid car technology

Published: Dec 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fluctuating gas prices and environmental concerns are leading many to electric-powered cars, and a new University of Florida partnership hopes to find out if it’s really a […]

Evolution causes bad-tasting butterflies to share appearance and habitat, UF study shows

Evolution causes bad-tasting butterflies to share appearance and habitat, UF study shows

Published: Dec 4th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Competition for resources can cause animal species in an ecological community to evolve away from each other, becoming less similar — but University of Florida research shows that sometimes mutual benefit causes just the opposite.

Rooted plants move mysteriously down greenways, scientists say

Published: Dec 3rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The wild pea pod is big and heavy, with seemingly little prayer of escaping the shade of its parent plant.

Engineers: Wireless crib monitor keeps tabs on baby’s breathing

Engineers: Wireless crib monitor keeps tabs on baby’s breathing

Published: Dec 2nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Radar — the technology that tracks enemy bombers and hurricanes — is now being employed to detect another danger: when babies stop breathing.

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Published: Dec 1st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida, keeper of the world’s shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish.