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Floridian sentiment inches higher as national sentiment plummets

After dropping for the first time in 2023 in April, consumer sentiment among Floridians inched up one-tenth of a point in May to 68.8 from a revised figure of 68.7. On the contrary, national sentiment plunged 4.3 points.

Restricting ride-hailing apps makes transportation systems less efficient

New University of Florida research shows that policies restricting the use of ride-hailing apps like Uber or Lyft can hurt the transportation ecosystem of a city.

Social Media and Mental Health: Considerations from experts this Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a trending topic among researchers has been the relationship between social media and mental health.

Sharing Underground Railroad’s oral histories

Samuel Proctor Oral History Program begins work highlighting civil rights struggle during slavery era with support from National Parks Service

UF/IFAS professor emeritus among conservationists invited to show rare Ghost Orchid at prestigious Chelsea Flower Show

Michael Kane, a world-renown Ghost Orchid conservationist, is part of a team that will show the unique plant at the invitation-only flower show, May 22-27 in England.

Project SEARCH comes to College of Medicine

UF, UF Health and community organizations launch high school transition program for neurodivergent students

Say 'Happy Mother's Day' with a plant, maybe even one bred by UF/IFAS

If you’re thinking of giving mom a plant, many varieties last long and can give that look you want.

Ally or enemy? When it comes to the legal profession, GPT-4 may be a little of both 

UF Law Professor Jiaying Jiang says legal inaccuracies generated by language models could make attorneys liable for the mistakes.

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.