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UF astronomers win $8 million to build unique new instrument

Published: Oct 7th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A multinational team led by University of Florida astronomers has won an $8 million grant to build a major new astronomical instrument for the largest optical telescope in the world in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Study: Florida panther population in better shape than before; still a long way to go

Published: Sep 23rd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1995, conservation managers made a desperate bid to save the Florida panther from extinction and released eight female pumas imported from Texas in hopes they’d breed with native males.

The Joy of Sets: For ants and trees, multiple partners are a boon

Published: Sep 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the complex world of ant-plant partnerships, serial monogamy can help trees maximize their evolutionary fitness, a new University of Florida study shows.

Ants take on Goliath role in protecting trees in the savanna from elephants

Published: Sep 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ants are not out of their weight class when defending trees from the appetite of nature’s heavyweight, the African elephant, a new University of Florida study finds.

With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet’s atmosphere

With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet’s atmosphere

Published: Aug 31st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Any driver who’s seen deer silhouetted by the headlights of an oncoming car knows that vital information can be conveyed by the outlines of objects.

Astronomers find two large planets, plus possible super-Earth-size one

Published: Aug 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of three University of Florida astronomers contributed to the Kepler spacecraft’s discovery of two Saturn-sized planets, plus a possible third planet with a radius just one-and-a-half times that of Earth, orbiting a distant star.

UF study shows carnivore species shrank during global warming event

UF study shows carnivore species shrank during global warming event

Published: Aug 24th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study indicates extinct carnivorous mammals shrank in size during a global warming event that occurred 55 million years ago.

UF one of first to receive two NSF research, education grants in same cycle

Published: Aug 5th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is one of the first institutions to receive two Partnership for International Research and Education Grants from the National Science Foundation in a single award cycle.

Ancient DNA identifies donkey ancestors, people who domesticated them

Published: Jul 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genetic investigators say the partnership between people and the ancestors of today’s donkeys was sealed not by monarchs trying to establish kingdoms, but by mobile, pastoral people who had to recruit animals to help them survive the harsh Saharan landscape in northern Africa more than 5,000 years ago.

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Published: Jul 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To beat summer heat, winter cold and other harsh environmental conditions, many insects temporarily drop into a state similar to hibernation to conserve energy and reduce stress, and University of Florida researchers say this phenomenon could lead to new pest control methods.