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UF alum Stephen Root lands first Emmy nomination for HBO's "Barry"

He’s most often recognized as the red-stapler-loving Milton, but once you start to notice this University of Florida alumnus, he pops up everywhere.

“Record players” and reading: A brain scientist shares what actually works

Joe Biden’s debate comments about playing records for kids at night to enhance their academic performance left many confused. We asked professor Lisa Scott what science says about boosting brain development in infants and young children.

We’ve been trapping and sterilizing stray cats for decades. Does it work?

A collaboration between cat welfare advocates, veterinary scientists and wildlife biologists suggests that when sterilization efforts reach 75% of the colony, overall numbers will decrease over time, while preventable cat deaths can be reduced more than 30-fold.

July’s consumer sentiment continues to grow amid record-breaking economic expansion

As the U.S. entered its longest economic expansion in its history, consumer sentiment among Floridians increased in July 3.7 points to 100.2 from June’s revised figure of 96.5.

How genes and resilience affect Syrian refugee stress

Two things make you more likely to recover quicker from stress and trauma: being more resilient and having a specific DNA mutation known as the warrior gene. A new study of nearly 400 Syrian refugee children links both protective and genetic factors to psychosocial stress.

Are these five things on your hurricane supply list?

It’s easy to overlook some less-obvious disaster supplies. Before a storm is looming, check your prep list for these five items suggested by the experts at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.

June’s consumer sentiment rises despite mixed signals

After a sharp decline last month, consumer sentiment among Floridians increased 1.2 points in June to 97.2 from May’s revised figure of 96.0.

Moving beyond woke: Turning awareness into action to support LGBTQ+ people of color

There’s room for everyone in the fight against oppression, says University of Florida researcher Della Mosley.

Your landscaping fails are actually great for pollinators

If your neighbors complain when you skip a week of mowing, just tell them you’re doing it for the bees.

Four tips for better nature photos

As Nature Photography Day approaches on June 15, we asked Brianne Lehan, a photographer and videographer with the University of Florida’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing, for some tips to help amateurs improve their nature photos. 

Consumer sentiment tumbles in May

After reaching its highest level in 17 years, consumer sentiment among Floridians plummeted 5.3 points in May to 96.4 from a revised figure of 101.7 in April. The last time consumer sentiment dropped more than five points was four years ago, in May 2015.

How to spot sketchy nutrition advice

Nutrition scientist Michelle Cardel shares three red flags to watch for when you see healthy eating tips on blogs or social media.

Favorable economic conditions fuel near-record consumer sentiment in April

Consumer sentiment in Florida reached its highest level in 17 years, increasing 1.4 points in April to 102 from a revised figure of 100.6 in March.

Here’s why you should look beyond breed labels when adopting a dog

The breed descriptions at shelters and on pet rescue sites aren't very accurate. Here's what to look for instead — plus a dog-ID quiz.