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'Tis the season for wrapped playlists — how much did AI affect your listening?

Social media is about to be flooded with end-of-year wrapped playlists shared with some variation of feigned embarrassment-slash-pride in an elevated, cultivated sense of musical taste.

But who is actually cultivating your music taste?

Research aims to create fairness in AI-assisted hiring systems

Professor Mo Wang of the Warrington College of Business is in the early stages of a research project looking at how to design trustworthy, transparent and fair AI-assisted hiring systems – work funded by a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation and Amazon.

What to know about the ongoing protests in Cuba

Lillian Guerra, a professor of Cuban and Caribbean History at the University of Florida, is a go-to source for national media on Cuba – from its history and its politics to the ongoing protests in the country.

When giving thanks, don’t forget yourself

While it’s well documented that gratitude toward others can improve wellbeing, two University of Florida scientists find that gratitude toward your past self also has benefits.

October consumer sentiment tumbles signaling a continued slow economic recovery

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped for a third consecutive month in October to 71.3, down 3.6 points from a revised figure of 74.9 in September and down 5 points from the pandemic low recorded in April 2020.

Taking the cryptic out of cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is a mystery to many of us. In this episode of From Florida, Mark Jamison provides a straightforward explanation of cryptocurrency’s origins, how it works, why it’s attractive to some investors, what regulators are looking at and implications of cryptocurrency for the average person. 

Raise a glass to butterflies: New beer aims to restore monarch breeding habitat

To restore disappearing breeding habitat for monarch butterflies, a University of Florida scientist is tapping into a surprising source: craft beer. 

So far, COVID-19 spikes from college football games haven’t materialized

Despite concern about packed college football stadiums during the pandemic, college towns like Gainesville aren’t seeing upticks in COVID-19 cases, said University of Florida epidemiologist Cindy Prins, Ph.D., who tracks coronavirus trends nationwide. 

Floridians expect slow economic recovery for the country, lowering September consumer sentiment

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped for a second consecutive month in September to 76.1, dropping 2.4 points from a revised figure of 78.5 in August and reaching its lowest level in almost 8 years.

Why do we rebel against bedtime?

Researcher Yijun Lin explains what causes us to sabotage our sleep through the phenomenon known as bedtime procrastination — and how to stop it. 

Local tech startup continues breakthrough success in global display industry

The core technology behind the latest generation of top-of-the-line smartphones from Apple and Samsung feature vibrant, high-contrast displays. Technology invented at UF is being used to reduce manufacturing costs for these screens and bring these incredible displays to a wider market.

What can vulnerable communities learn from Hurricane Ida?

Disaster-studies expert Jason von Meding describes how mutual aid networks could serve as a national model.

August consumer sentiment drops around the country amid worries about U.S. economy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell 4.7 points in August to 78.7 from a revised figure of 83.4 in July. Notably, national consumer sentiment dipped by 10.9 points.

6 tips to tap into the stress-busting power of music

An arts-in-medicine expert's tips on how to use music to relieve stress.