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UF Survey: Shoppers Say Stores Jump The Gun With Christmas Displays

Published: Nov 24th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — If it seemed like the plastic light-up Santa Claus in the toy aisle was dangerously close to rubbing elbows with the Fourth of July Uncle Sam cutout over in lawn and garden, join the crowd: Most people think retailers are putting up their Christmas displays earlier than ever, according to a recent University of Florida survey.

Rice Industry and Consumers Can Reap Benefits Of Adding Silicon To Soils

Published: Nov 21st, 1997

BELLE GLADE—Instead of using expensive pesticides to control crop diseases, South Florida rice growers can save thousands of dollars in production costs and boost yields simply by adding some silicon to the soil.

UF/UC Researchers Design Fusion Reactor To Power The Future

Published: Nov 20th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Researchers at the University of Florida and University of California, Irvine, have designed a fusion reactor that will produce electricity twice as efficiently as a traditional coal-burning power plant and, unlike nuclear power plants, will involve no radioactive fuels or byproducts.

Can Trees And Bushes Help Stop Terrorist Acts? UF Students Say Yes

Published: Nov 14th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — A group of University of Florida students is helping the Department of Defense see if such seemingly unlikely things as landscaping and street design can help protect a military installation in the midst of a tourist mecca from a terrorist bomb blast.

Old Tourist Attraction Gets New Life As Botanical Garden With Help From UF

Published: Nov 12th, 1997

VERO BEACH—There was a time when people came to Florida to see botanical wonders rather than those made by man.

Americans’ Lack Of Shame Nothing To Be Proud Of, Says UF Professor

Published: Nov 10th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — What led people as recently as the 1960s to hang their heads — divorce, children born out of wedlock, failure to pay off debts — has given way to shame 90s style: wearing furs, smoking in public, eating red meat and failing to recycle, a University of Florida professor writes in a new book.

UF Researchers Seeking To Make Building Materials More Earth-Friendly

Published: Nov 6th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Roofing shingles, gypsum board and concrete blocks could join newsprint, milk jugs and aluminum cans in the recycling bin and may help the construction industry save money in the process, say researchers at the University of Florida.

Genetically Altered Cotton Is Cheaper And More Earth-Friendly

Published: Nov 4th, 1997

GAINESVILLE – A genetically altered variety of cotton being field tested this season by University of Florida researchers requires less herbicide, which should mean reduced environmental damage, lower production costs for growers and cheaper prices on cotton goods for consumers.

Florida Sexuality Education Programs Fall Short, UF Research Shows

Published: Oct 30th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Sexuality education programs in Florida’s public high schools fall short in teaching students what they need to know to stem the high rates of teen-age pregnancy and disease, a new University of Florida study finds.

Ghost Ants Can Be More Trick Than Treat For Homeowners

Published: Oct 29th, 1997

GAINESVILLE— Florida homeowners may be haunted by more than the usual ghouls and goblins this time of year as ghost ants show up in kitchens in search of a sweet treat.