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UF study: Bigfoot myth persists because it depicts humans’ wild side

Published: Dec 15th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There’s plenty to debunk about the Bigfoot myth, but people may not listen because they have a love-hate relationship with the gigantic hairy monster, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF expert: redesigned DNA points to future for “personalized” medicine

Published: Oct 21st, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifty years after James Watson and Francis Crick discovered DNA’s structure, scientists are learning to redesign it, creating new ways to diagnose diseases and unlocking the chemical ancestors of life, a University of Florida chemist writes in a paper to appear in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

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.

UF researchers use viruses to cure plant disease

Published: Aug 27th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spraying viruses on plants is the last thing gardeners typically want to do, but University of Florida researchers say that just might be the solution to one of the world’s most persistent plant diseases.

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.

Newly discovered plant gene could give boost to ornamentals, crop plants, trees

Published: Jul 27th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have found a gene that controls branching in plants, a discovery that could lead to a wide variety of applications, from fuller-flowering plants to better-tasting ears of corn.

Peaceful It Is Not, But Universe May Be Less Violent Than Once Thought

Published: Jun 1st, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new analysis of Hubble Space Telescope data has uncovered evidence the universe experienced far fewer major collisions among galaxies than previously thought.

Deep underground detector closes in on dark matter

Published: May 3rd, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A scientific team that includes a University of Florida physicist has used an “underground observatory” in a former iron mine to search with greater sensitivity than ever before for the universe’s most elusive component: dark matter.

Chemists: nanocapsules show potential against overdoses in lab tests

Published: Mar 30th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trauma doctors may one day have a new weapon against drug overdoses: “nanocapsules” that sponge up the drugs and render them harmless.

Astronomers: Star May Be Biggest, Brightest Yet Observed

Published: Jan 5th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida-led team of astronomers may have discovered the brightest star yet observed in the universe, a fiery behemoth that could be as much as much as seven times brighter than the current record holder.