Life Articles

Why we’re so bad at daydreaming, and how to fix it

The ability to think for pleasure is important, and you can get better at it.

February Consumer confidence plummets to early days of COVID-19 era

Consumer confidence among Floridians plummeted 5.4 points in February to 77.2 from a revised figure of 82.6 in January. Similarly, consumer sentiment at the national level experienced a decline of 2.2 points.

University of Florida is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The University of Florida is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

Do school police make students feel safer?

Nationally, armed school resource officers (SROs) are part of many students’ daily experience. In Florida, state law even requires armed personnel in schools for the protection of students. Amid a national conversation on policing following the killing of George Floyd, though, how can policymakers also ensure students feel safe at school?

A federal layoff law proposal inspired by COVID times

UF law professor Rachel Arnow-Richman proposes a new framework for federal layoff laws that would require universal severance pay and create a temporary termination status for those who are unemployed due to economic downturn as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lost and found: The tomb of the Sea Dragon, Brazil’s famous abolitionist

A history student embarks on a three-year quest to find the resting place of an Afro-Brazilian hero.

2020 ends with slight uptick in consumer confidence; 2021 uncertainty looms

Consumer confidence among Floridians ticked up 1.1 points in December to 82.2 from November’s revised figure of 81.1 though consumer sentiment ends 2020 far below the levels recorded before the coronavirus pandemic.

A political disagreement expert’s advice for the holidays

Here's how to keep discussions productive.

The strange impact of the first customer review

A product’s first review can have an outsized effect on the item’s future — it can even cause the product to fail.

From cue cards to river water, Bob Hope saved it. Now it's UF's turn.

A trove of memorabilia from the entertainer’s 80-year career is enshrined in the Popular Culture Collections at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries, where it will be cataloged and made available for students, researchers and the public.

Why the U.S. needs federal regulation of facial recognition — and how to get it right

Few restrictions govern what’s done with your faceprint once it's captured. Federal guidelines could help.