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New desalination technology taps waste heat from power plants

Published: Dec 16th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desalination is often touted as one solution to the world’s water woes, but current desalination plants tend to hog energy.

Tastes great! UF scientists find bacteria that improve foul-tasting water

Published: Nov 23rd, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For thirsty consumers tired of choking down water with an earthy or musty flavor, the solution may lie within the water itself, a team of University of Florida researchers has found. The team has identified a type of bacterium that can quickly and inexpensively remove a foul-tasting, foul-smelling compound. Their findings appear in the current issue of the journal Water Research.

UF Researchers Shine Light On New Explosives Detection Method

Published: Oct 7th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers has invented a way to rapidly detect traces of TNT or other hidden explosives simply by shining a light on any potentially contaminated object, from a speck of dust in the air to the surface of a suitcase.

New nanotube films have high potential for consumer, military applications

Published: Aug 27th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers has made transparent and electrically conductive carbon nanotube films using a process highly suitable for industrial production, an advance that suggests new, large-scale applications for the extremely tiny cylinders, and possibly new products such as bendable video screens.

Student-built projectile could help soldiers detect bombs, chemicals

Published: Apr 28th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infantry soldiers suspicious that a truck or box may contain explosives or chemical weapons may soon be able to find out for sure by shooting the target […]

UF team builds rough-and-tumble robot car for LA-to-Vegas race

Published: Feb 20th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It looks like a cross between a Hummer and a tank.