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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.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists build ‘roach motel’ for nasty bugs of the bacterial variety

Published: Nov 24th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The vacancy sign is on, but the lowlifes who check in never check out.

Climate change opens new avenue for spread of invasive plants

Published: Nov 19th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plants that range northward because of climate change may be better at defending themselves against local enemies than native plants.

Zoologists: Sea snakes seek out freshwater to slake thirst

Zoologists: Sea snakes seek out freshwater to slake thirst

Published: Nov 6th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sea snakes may slither in saltwater, but they sip the sweet stuff.

Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Published: Oct 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Small islands dwarf large ones in archaeological importance, says a University of Florida researcher, who found that people who settled the Caribbean before Christopher Columbus preferred more minute pieces of land because they relied heavily on the sea.