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Crisis Politics ’96

It will be a frustrated populace, adjusting to a changing world and discovering the opportunities and threats of a technological revolution, that chooses America’s next president this November. “The broad historic developments of the late 20th century — the end...
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Senior Boom

The year was 1951 and the first baby boomers were entering kindergarten. At the University of Florida, preparations were already under way for their retirement. The new field of gerontology, the study of adult aging, was just developing and UF quickly took a lead role. Longer...
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UF, DowElanco Develop Termite Terminator System

The University of Florida and DowElanco have developed an environmentally friendly termite control technology known as the Sentricon Colony Elimination System that monitors termite activity, then uses the insects’ own behavior to destroy their subterranean colonies. Nan-Yao...
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EYE Can See Clearly

Glaucoma is an insidious disease, as many of the 2 million Americans who suffer from it can attest. It ambushes a person in early middle age and begins to destroy the retina and optic nerve, working from the outside of the field of vision in, so that by the time they notice a...
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Retaling Revolution

Selling things used to be so simple. Stiff-collared merchants displayed their wares on counters, stood by the door to dis- courage shoplifters and lowered prices when a product didn’t sell. Today, retailing is a $2 trillion-a-year business in the United States. Since World...
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Balancing the Equation

While in their own way many modern women feel as professionally constrained as the 19th-century governess Virginia Woolf quoted in her 1938 feminist essay, society is awakening to the unique contributions of the so-called “lesser sex.” Nowhere is this more evident...
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Eroding Confidence

For many people, Florida is beaches. Hundreds of thousands of residents live within a stone’s throw of the ocean, and 8,000 miles of shoreline are the destination of more than half the state’s 40 million tourists annually. But a succession of severe hurricanes and too...
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A Sense of Community

The benefits of biotech research to society can be great — a cure for diabetes or a frost-resistant citrus tree may lie in the next strand of DNA. But because of the long-term nature of the biotech commercialization process, often requiring years of experimentation and...
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Battle of the Bugs

In the battle of the bug, the University of Florida is allying its high-tech resources with mother nature to control unwanted pests. After half a century of relying almost exclusively on chemicals to combat agricultural and household pests, scientists now try to exploit natural...
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