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Whenever a member of my paunchy, 50-something set pulls me aside and complains of the dumbing-down of American culture, I tell him that if he doesn’t like it he should quit moaning and go buy a lot of fast-moving consumer goods. And every time he buys soap, toothpaste,...
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Art as Culture, Culture as Art

The cacophony of sound and movement that typifies a Center for World Arts performance is perhaps the best metaphor for what the new artistic center at the University of Florida is working to achieve. Center organizers hope that by having an opportunity to perform with and enjoy...
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Living The Story

It seems you can’t pick up a newspaper anymore without seeing a headline about sexual harassment emblazoned across the front page. Since the 1991 confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas set off a heated debate about the subject, the...
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Horse Sense

Many University of Florida faculty watched with pride this spring as Ocala-bred Silver Charm raced into history by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. They’ve seen many horses like Silver Charm come through UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine over the years....
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Perpetual Plastics

Plastic — it’s strong, cheap and abundant. It’s just not very recyclable. Of the 75 billion pounds of plastic produced each year in the United States, only 5 percent is recycled, mostly from soft drink and milk bottles. The rest is dumped into landfills, where...
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Submarine Solutions

Geologic phenomena have always fascinated humans. In ancient times, people attributed many of the mysteries of nature to the mytho- logical gods. Volcanic eruptions in Sicily were ascribed to the Roman fire god Vulcan, and tidal waves were Poseidon’s anger unleashed. And...
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Seafood Safety

Floridians love their seafood. A recent study by the University of Florida’s Agricultural Market Research Center found that Sunshine State residents consume about 40 pounds per person per year, more than twice the national average. But studies also suggest that consumers...
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An Once of Prevention, A Pound of Cure

Cure. Most medical researchers are reluctant to use the word, even though it is their ultimate goal. No sense giving patients false hope, they reason. As is so often the case with science, progress usually comes in microscopic steps. But as they toil in laboratories throughout...
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”Lost Years” Found

When Archie Carr began studying sea turtles in the 1940s, his most valuable research tool was personal observation. Nearly half a century later when he died, technology had barely advanced beyond metal tags laboriously attached to turtle flippers. Today, a decade after...
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