Science Articles

UF's Juan Gilbert awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The UF Computer & Information Science & Engineering chair was honored at a White House ceremony for his work developing new technologies that protect people's right to vote

New study points to concerns of dangerous vibrio bacteria in Florida’s coastal waters following Hurricane Ian

When Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida in September 2022, it unleashed a variety of Vibrio bacteria that can cause illness and death in humans, according to a new study published in the journal mBio.

Do dogs prefer treats or toys? UF researchers discovered the answer

UF psychologists say man’s best friend responds more strongly to food compared to a toy

Watch hammerhead sharks get their hammer

The first-ever look at hammerhead development shows how they create their namesake hammer.

Ethical guidelines needed before human research in commercial spaceflight is ready for liftoff

An international team of experts, scientists and regulators has developed guiding principles and best practices to help ensure human research conducted in space is safe and inclusive. 

UF’s Rachael Seidler explains work underway to mitigate health risks of space travel

With plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the next decade, NASA turns to scientists to find solutions to the hazards of space travel

Helping the "lawn mowers of the reefs" find good places to grow

UF scientists identify ideal surfaces to help long-spined sea urchins get the nourishment they need to grow from larvae into juveniles

UF distinguished professor leads National Academies panel on future of space research

The report guides science that will allow for longer space missions.

Ubiquitous human DNA opens Pandora’s box of ethical questions

Someone walks down to the local river, scoops up a cup of water, and ends up with a good chunk of your DNA. How much say would you like in how that DNA is used?

Environmental human DNA offers new opportunities for public good

The era of human environmental DNA, or eDNA, has arrived.

Preparing Florida’s youth for ever evolving 21st century

A UF-designed AI education program piloted last year in three Florida public schools was so successful that it will expand to 12 school districts beginning this month. 

UF researcher studies Florida’s microclimates

With scientists calling July the hottest month in earth's history and warning of warmer temperatures to come, one UF researcher is working to make cities feel less scorching.

Breakthrough Polymer Research Promises to Revolutionize Recycling

Researchers discovered an innovative approach to working with polymers that has led them to develop a new method for recycling that promises to lower the energy requirement without sacrificing the quality of the plastic

Aphids make tropical milkweed less inviting to monarch butterflies, study shows

When oleander aphids infested tropical milkweed, monarch butterflies laid fewer eggs on the plant, and the caterpillars developing on those plants were slower to mature.

Top five shark facts from a UF shark expert

While it may seem there are more shark sightings - and shark attacks - than usual, a University of Florida shark expert says that's a misleading perception.