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Ancient global warming changed earth from ’icehouse to greenhouse’

Published: Dec 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Earth literally turned over a new leaf 15 million years ago when an earlier version of global warming changed large parts of the planet from lush forests to open grasslands, a new study by scientists at the University of Florida and other institutions shows.

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

Published: Dec 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home buyers appreciate the benefits of “green” communities, but residents don’t necessarily lead more eco-friendly lives than their neighbors in traditional homes, according to two University of Florida studies conducted in the fast-growing state.

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Published: Dec 3rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida’s coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change — and eliminate — life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF’s new owl butterfly species naming rights auctioned for $40,800

Published: Nov 21st, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An online auction for naming rights to a new owl butterfly species discovered at the University of Florida brought a winning bid of $40,800, with proceeds benefiting continued research on Mexican butterflies.

‘Swamp’ goes green with help of carbon neutral plan

Published: Nov 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Screaming fans, marching bands, hulking linebackers — and offsetting a carbon footprint.

Soil-moisture sensors may produce big water savings for homeowners, UF study shows

Published: Nov 13th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Soil-moisture sensors hooked to sprinkler systems could put a huge dent in homeowners’ utility bills—and help conserve much-needed water, a new University of Florida study says.

UF research: Homeowners can cut irrigation without hurting lawns

Published: Nov 13th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With drought persisting across the Southeast, homeowners can slash water consumption by simply readjusting irrigation systems – with no harm to lawns or landscaping plants, a new University of Florida study finds.

From moths and cicadas come improvements to solar cells

From moths and cicadas come improvements to solar cells

Published: Oct 23rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Designing better solar cells might seem a question of electronics or chemistry, but for one University of Florida engineer, it starts with bugs.

Scientists find how amber becomes death trap for watery creatures

Published: Oct 18th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shiny amber jewelry and a mucky Florida swamp have given scientists a window into an ancient ecosystem that could be anywhere from 15 million to 130 million years old.

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

Published: Oct 15th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an apparent first for butterflies, the Florida Museum of Natural History will auction the naming rights for a newly discovered species online to raise money for butterfly research.