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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.

Cellular ‘brakes’ may slow memory process in aging brains

Published: Dec 10th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may have discovered why some brain cells necessary for healthy memory can survive old age or disease, while similar cells hardly a hairsbreadth away die.

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.

Engineers: Wireless crib monitor keeps tabs on baby’s breathing

Engineers: Wireless crib monitor keeps tabs on baby’s breathing

Published: Dec 2nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Radar — the technology that tracks enemy bombers and hurricanes — is now being employed to detect another danger: when babies stop breathing.

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.

To widen path to outer space, UF engineers build small satellite

To widen path to outer space, UF engineers build small satellite

Published: Nov 13th, 2008

Video | Audio GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s not much bigger than a softball and weighs just 2 pounds. But the “pico satellite” being designed and built in a University of […]

UF-tied research to study embryos in space

UF-tied research to study embryos in space

Published: Nov 12th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mankind’s quick trips to space haven’t had to cope with many problems that come with a longer stay off-planet, but research aboard the next shuttle mission will address one issue bound to come up in the foray to the final frontier — extraterrestrial motherhood.

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.

UF study suggests spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites far older than fossil record indicates

UF study suggests spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites far older than fossil record indicates

Published: Oct 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Halloween is the only holiday when spiders and other arachnids get a little respect from humans, and a new University of Florida study suggests they deserve more, because they’ve apparently managed to survive a very, very long time.