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How our shared need for belonging made May the 4th a sacred Star Wars holiday

May the 4th is almost a religious holiday for Star Wars fans, when they make annual pilgrimages to re-released films in theaters, attend costumed conventions and plan themed parties.

Improving national literacy won’t take a village; it will take an entire ecosystem

The Lastinger Center’s approach to addressing the literacy crisis began in 2018, and the new Literacy Micro-Credentials program is taking this one step further. The Micro-Credentials program is part of an all-hands-on-deck reading structure that addresses the needs of whole communities. 

Coachella proves what one UF professor predicted: Latin music is the future of mega-festivals

Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny has reaffirmed what industry pros have intuited for years: Latin music is what the masses want.

Finding fires at lightning speed

The Fire Neural Network applies AI to help detect lightning strikes at risk of causing devastating wildfires almost immediately after the strike

Why Taylor Swift’s breakup feels like our breakup too, according to a UF media professor

Swifties had their emotional universe upended on Saturday after learning that the singer-songwriter had broken up with boyfriend Joe Alwyn of six years.

From a small town in China, engineer helps lead UF/IFAS AI programs to new heights

Changying "Charlie" Li, a new UF/IFAS professor of agriculture and biological engineering, is taking on an administrative role as Artificial Intelligence, or AI, administrative coordinator

Need a healthy testosterone boost? Attend a live UFC event, a UF sports professor says

What is behind the primal human craving that one Florida sports professor describes as “aggression-seeking desire,” and why do events like live UFC matches quench it for spectators?

The most successful WrestleMania of all time? Florida sports professors saw it coming

Over the weekend, WrestleMania 39 became the highest-grossing and most successful event in the history of WWE, with more than 500 million views in two days.

Despite bank failures and increased interest rates Floridian sentiment moves higher

Consumer sentiment in Florida increased for a third month in a row in March to 69.7, up 2 points from a revised figure of 67.7 in February. On the contrary, national consumer sentiment plummeted 5 points.