Science Articles

Virtual humans boost mental health recovery

What if you can't talk about something where the leading treatment is talk therapy? Maybe try speaking to someone who's not human.

Why Apollo's moon rocks still matter

Samples brought back by the Apollo missions have fueled scientific discoveries for 50 years — but there’s still more to learn, says University of Florida astrogeologist Steve Elardo.

Inside the wind machine

The University of Florida’s Powell Family Structure and Materials Laboratory has designed new, innovative technology that will assist in gathering more timely, efficient hurricane research.

To see how invasive predators change an ecosystem, watch their prey

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. The destruction is usually blamed on the predator, but sometimes the key lies in the prey animals’ behavior, according to a new study by led by University of Florida biology professor Todd Palmer and an international team of researchers.

Did UV rays spell doom for Neanderthals?

The extinction of Neanderthals and large mammals 40,000 years ago coincided with a weakened geomagnetic field that reduced protection from ultra-violet radiation, a new study shows.

Temperatures in the African savanna affect ant/plant mutualism

Cool weather helps hungry elephants defeat ants to score a snack.

Sea snake skin resembles elephant skin more than snake skin

New research uncovers an odd similarity between elephant skin and the skin of the yellow-bellied sea snake.

Our expert takes on your burning dragon questions

We asked a herpetologist to address our highly fictional Game of Thrones dragon scenarios using real science.