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New research reveals why chili peppers are hot

New research reveals why chili peppers are hot

Published: Aug 11th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the popularity of spicy cuisine among Homo sapiens, the hotness in chili peppers has always been something of an evolutionary mystery.

UF study: Isthmus of Panama formed as result of plate tectonics

Published: Jul 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to previous evidence, a new University of Florida study shows the Isthmus of Panama was most likely formed by a Central American Peninsula colliding slowly with the South American continent through tectonic plate movement over millions of years.

Scientists close in on source of X-rays in lightning

Published: Jul 15th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology engineering researchers have narrowed the search for the source of X-rays emitted by lightning, a feat that could one day help predict where lightning will strike.

Physicists tweak quantum force, reducing barrier to tiny devices

Physicists tweak quantum force, reducing barrier to tiny devices

Published: Jul 14th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cymbals don’t clash of their own accord – in our world, anyway.

Geologists push back date basins formed, supporting frozen Earth theory

Published: Jul 3rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even in geology, it’s not often a date gets revised by 500 million years.

Major evolutionary study rewrites bird ‘tree of life’

Published: Jun 26th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The flamingo looks like it should be closely related to the stork or crane, but its closest relative may actually be the diminutive, modest grebe.

University of Florida professor designs plasma-propelled flying saucer

University of Florida professor designs plasma-propelled flying saucer

Published: Jun 11th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flying saucers may soon be more fact than mere science fiction.

Stem cell discovery sheds light on placenta development

Published: Jun 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers studying embryonic stem cells have explored the first fork in the developmental road, getting a new look at what happens when fertilized eggs differentiate to build either an embryo or a placenta.

Andes Mountains grew in rapid spurts, not slowly, UF researcher says

Published: Jun 5th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mountain building may occur in faster fits and spurts than previously realized, according to a new study tracking the uplift of a central portion of the massive Andes Mountains in South America.

Visiting the South’s ‘stroke buckle’ increases risk of stroke death

Published: Jun 5th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It might not only be the state of your health but also the state you visit that increases the chances of dying from a stroke, a new University of Florida study finds.