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History-hunting geneticists can still follow familiar trail

Published: Dec 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the world’s first explorers branched away from humanity’s birthplace in east Africa some 65,000 years ago, distinct mutations accumulated in the DNA of each population, essentially providing a genetic trail for modern researchers to follow.

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.

For crickets, parasitic flies can stop the music

Published: Dec 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Love hurts — really bad, for some unlucky crickets, anyway.

Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Published: Dec 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A plant-destroying virus farmers call one of their worst enemies may soon be an ally in the fight against crop pests and mosquitoes, say University of Florida researchers.

UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

Published: Dec 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infections from drug-resistant forms of Staphylococcus bacteria are skyrocketing and have even recently made headlines by debilitating some of the NFL’s toughest players. Tools to fight these bugs are few, but now University of Florida researchers have used cutting-edge genetic analysis to find a new weak spot in this “superbug’s” armor.

Lucky break gives scientists unique view of underwater eruption

Lucky break gives scientists unique view of underwater eruption

Published: Nov 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A combination of luck and being in the right place at the right time allowed a University of Florida geologist and other scientists to capture and record an undersea volcanic eruption for the first time ever.

Fires in far northern forests to have cooling, not warming, effect

Published: Nov 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Droughts and longer summers tied to global warming are causing more fires in the Earth’s vast northernmost forests, a phenomenon that will spew a steadily increasing amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Scientists: New phylum sheds light on ancestor of animals, humans

Published: Nov 2nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genetic analysis of an obscure, worm-like creature retrieved from the depths of the North Atlantic has led to the discovery of a new phylum, a rare event in an era when most organisms have already been grouped into major evolutionary categories.

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.

UF physicist leads team that discovers protons and neutron relatives

Published: Oct 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A scientific collaboration led by a University of Florida physicist announced today the discovery of two rare types of particles, exotic relatives of the much more common proton and neutron.