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Five years post-9/11, survey shows most consider skyscrapers safe

Published: Dec 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a majority of respondents in a University of Florida study say they felt safe living and working in skyscrapers despite believing they are terrorist targets.

UF, Honeywell engineers building first space supercomputer

UF, Honeywell engineers building first space supercomputer

Published: Oct 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — HAL may soon be getting some company.

New system provides power, water, refrigeration from one source

New system provides power, water, refrigeration from one source

Published: Aug 2nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When hurricanes, wars or other emergencies force authorities to respond, three essentials top their list of must-haves: water, electricity and refrigeration.

Armed with cannons, cranes and wind machines, engineers test houses

Armed with cannons, cranes and wind machines, engineers test houses

Published: Jun 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The wind roared against the house. Shingles and tar paper flew off the roof, exposing bare plywood. The front window buckled, then shattered, shooting glass shards into the living room.

For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

Published: May 24th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hydrogen has been called “the fuel of the future.” But the gas is invisible, odorless and explosive at high concentrations, posing a safety problem for hydrogen-powered cars, filling stations and other aspects of the so-called hydrogen economy.

New ‘Hurricane House’ opens to public May 26 at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Published: May 4th, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Built to withstand winds of more than 140 mph, the new “hurricane house” at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center will be dedicated May 25 and open to the public May 26, just days before the official start of the 2006 hurricane season.

New student-designed system tracks firefighters, special forces

New student-designed system tracks firefighters, special forces

Published: Apr 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The old technique of using push pins and maps to track troop movements just got a radical new upgrade for soldiers or firefighters in rugged terrains.

Student entrepreneurs: New sensor will help guarantee freshness

Student entrepreneurs: New sensor will help guarantee freshness

Published: Mar 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grocers, florists and even pharmacists may soon have a better way to monitor the quality of the products they get from suppliers: a sensor that will tell how long before a product spoils or passes its expiration date.

A better tool to study role of iron in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Published: Feb 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Engineers have found a way to pinpoint and identify the tiny iron oxide particles associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in the brain.

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

Published: Jan 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The MRI and CT scan may one day have a robotic cousin capable of following and peering into patients as they move around.