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96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The collapse of honeybee colonies across North America is focusing attention on the honeybees’ vital role in the survival of agricultural crops, and a new study by University of Florida and Indiana University Southeast researchers shows insect pollinators have likely played a key role in the evolution and success of flowering plants for nearly 100 million years.

To curious aliens, Earth would stand out as living planet

To curious aliens, Earth would stand out as living planet

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With powerful instruments scouring the heavens, astronomers have found more than 240 planets in the past two decades, none likely to support Earth-like life.

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.

Space station experiment to test bacteria hitchhiking to the Red Planet

Published: Dec 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If a trip to Mars seems like it would be a tough journey, imagine what it would be like on the outside of the spaceship.

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 announces plans to build new life science, technology incubator

Published: Nov 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has reached an agreement with an internationally recognized developer to create up to 160,000 square feet of life science- and technology-related laboratory and office space on the UF campus, President Bernie Machen announced today.

UF botanists: Flowering plants evolved very quickly into five groups

Published: Nov 26th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida and University of Texas at Austin scientists have shed light on what Charles Darwin called the “abominable mystery” of early plant evolution.

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.

Simple reason helps males evolve more quickly

Published: Nov 14th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The observation that males evolve more quickly than females has been around since 19th century biologist Charles Darwin noted the majesty of a peacock’s tail feather in comparison with the plainness of the peahen’s.

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.