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Oil spill threatens toothy marine predator that is cultural and historic icon

Oil spill threatens toothy marine predator that is cultural and historic icon

Published: May 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the existence of a critically endangered sawfish and its relative that recently has been proposed to join it as the only two marine fish in United States waters to receive such federal protection, says a University of Florida researcher.

Case study analyzes why, where and when of leading shark attack site

Published: May 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shark attacks are most likely to occur on Sunday, in less than 6 feet of water, during a new moon and involve surfers wearing black and white bathing suits, a first of its kind study from the University of Florida suggests.

Lowly termite, not the lion or elephant, may be the star of Africa’s savanna

Published: May 25th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The majestic animals most closely associated with the African savanna — fierce lions, massive elephants, towering giraffes – may be relatively minor players when it comes to shaping the ecosystem.

Florida’s consumer confidence falls sharply as tax rebates disappear

Published: May 25th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence plummeted seven points to 71 in May as popular home buying and energy efficient tax rebates ended, according to a new University of Florida survey.

New study first to directly measure body temperatures of extinct species

New study first to directly measure body temperatures of extinct species

Published: May 24th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study by researchers from five institutions including the University of Florida introduces the first method to directly measure body temperatures of extinct vertebrates and help reconstruct temperatures of ancient environments.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $1.2 million to UF for undergrad education

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $1.2 million to UF for undergrad education

Published: May 20th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine a chemistry professor and a neuroscientist working together to test a new drug to fight Alzheimer’s disease, or a biomedical engineer working with an orthopedic surgeon to help patients walk again.

Scientists: Malaria control to overcome disease’s spread as climate warms

Published: May 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to a widespread assumption, global warming is unlikely to expand the range of malaria because of malaria control, development and other factors that are at work to corral the disease.

UF design students propose redesign options for busy Orlando section

UF design students propose redesign options for busy Orlando section

Published: May 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A sports museum, park and retail shops near Orlando’s new sports complex are among the ideas proposed by University of Florida students to help bridge a city divided by an interstate highway.

Anti-aging supplements may be best taken as mixtures, not too late in life, UF researchers find

Anti-aging supplements may be best taken as mixtures, not too late in life, UF researchers find

Published: May 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Anti-aging supplements made up of mixtures might be better than single compounds at preventing decline in physical function, according to researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute on Aging. In addition, it appears that such so-called neutraceuticals should be taken before very old age for benefits such as improvement in physical function.

UF study finds Miami’s soils are ‘heavily contaminated’ with vehicle-exhaust pollutants

Published: May 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study has revealed that soil in urban Miami has high amounts of 16 pollutants commonly found in vehicle exhaust that have been linked to respiratory, immunological, neurological and other diseases.