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UF study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to southern U.S.

UF study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to southern U.S.

Published: Feb 24th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.

Revisited human-worm relationships shed light on brain evolution

Revisited human-worm relationships shed light on brain evolution

Published: Feb 9th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Man is but a worm” was the title of a famous caricature of Darwin’s ideas in Victorian England. Now, 120 years later, a molecular analysis of mysterious marine creatures unexpectedly reveals our cousins as worms, indeed.

Oil in Gulf of Mexico: Biologists cite need for critical data to determine ecological consequences

Published: Feb 3rd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Twenty years after biologists attempted to determine the ecological damages to marine life from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, scientists dealing with the BP disaster find themselves with the same problem: the lack of critical data to determine the ecological consequences of human-induced environmental disasters, a University of Florida researcher said.

UF astronomers, NASA team find six closely packed planets orbiting same star

Published: Feb 2nd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A NASA team including three University of Florida astronomers has found six new planets in a distant solar system that in some ways resembles our own.