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Christmas Expectations

Published: Dec 16th, 2009

Parents are trying to keep their kids and family budgets happy this holiday season. University of Florida researchers say it may take a little more strategy to keep kids’ expectations in line with the financial bottom line.

Flight Radiation

Published: Dec 8th, 2009

The friendly skies may not prove very friendly to airline passengers who fly too close to lightning while in mid-air. A new study shows they could be exposed to radiation equal to hundreds of chest x-rays.

Exercise Personality

Published: Dec 2nd, 2009

It turns out you can judge a book by its cover, at least when it comes to whether people are going to exercise. A new University of Florida study shows that your personality type can directly predict how often you endure physical activity.

Holiday Shopping

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

With retailers bracing for a slow holiday shopping season, a new University of Florida survey suggests consumers are claiming to be more optimistic this year; exactly six dollars more optimistic. That’s how much more consumers surveyed in Florida expect to spend this year.

Tiny Endoscopes

Published: Nov 19th, 2009

A new twist on a common medical tool could mean more efficient surgeries and more comfort for patients. University of Florida researchers have developed an endoscope built with tiny mirrors moving inside. Currently, doctors must physically twist the scope in the patient.

Smoking Vouchers

Published: Nov 17th, 2009

For some, quitting smoking takes more than willpower. Now a University of Florida study shows cold hard cash can help. Researchers start by sending smokers a small carbon monoxide monitor they must use twice a day for six weeks.

Shark Skin

Published: Nov 10th, 2009

You may have a fear of sharks, but the skin of the ocean’s most notorious predator may help save you from deadly bacteria. Researchers at the University of Florida recently discovered that algae follows everything in the marine environment, except the shark. This discovery led to the world’s first surface pattern inspired by shark skin.

Phytochemicals Diet

Published: Oct 21st, 2009

A plate full of brightly colored foods does more than please your eye. Colorful foods like spinach, strawberries, and orange squashes are high in phytochemicals. According to a University of Florida study, a diet with a high phytochemical index can reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.

Columbus Lessons

Published: Oct 12th, 2009

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but a University of Florida study shows elementary-age kids are learning about Christopher Columbus from books that may not be up-to-date.

Lobster Disease

Published: Oct 7th, 2009

A virus is endangering one of Florida’s top commercial seafood species, the Caribbean spiny lobster. Scientists discovered the PaV1 virus in 1999 and University of Florida researchers are working to figure out its origin and how it’s transmitted.