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SmartFarm

Clyde Fraisse is eager to talk to farmers about climate change. Farmers? Not so much. “They are very focused on this season,” says Fraisse, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida and director of the Southeast Climate...
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Sea Change

Sea level has risen about 8 inches in the last century, and heat records have been broken, only to be broken again, and again. In human time, this is new, but the Earth has been here before, bathed in a warming atmosphere, and has left clues for scientists like University of...
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Energy Star

Wendell Porter’s daughter, Erica, now 27, remembers a childhood where some infractions carried more weight than others. “I left a light on once,” Erica says. A high crime in the Porter household, with a long lecture attached, Dad armed with data. Today, when she opens her utility...
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Laser Legacy

Since 1859, the Island Hotel has weathered the storms of coastal Cedar Key. Generations have sipped a beer on a hot summer day and dined on speckled trout fresh off the boat. Its weathered facade seems steadfast, a survivor of the Gulf of Mexico’s whims. The thriving inn and...
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Disease Defenders

A warming world is turning some exotic names — Zika, chikungunya, vibrio, ciguatera — into household words. But before we sound alarms, University of Florida researchers have some advice: Common sense may be our best defense. Scientists at UF’s Florida Medical Entomology...
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Reliance on Science

Many of the qualities that make Florida an attractive place to live also make it particularly vulnerable to climate change. The state’s extensive coastline, natural springs, forests, wetlands, Everglades, coral reefs and abundant fresh water are all at risk due to rising...
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Big Bend Laboratory

The Big Bend along the Gulf of Mexico is the least developed coastline in the lower 48 states, 150 miles of fishing villages and stands of coastal forests, a slice of Old Florida forgotten by real estate booms. The limited influence of humans makes the Big Bend an ideal natural...
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Catch a Wave

Billions of years ago, far across the universe, two massive black holes engaged in an eons-long dance, their mutual attraction drawing them closer and closer, until, in an instant, the two became one. At that moment, they emanated out ripples in space and spacetime with energy...
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Solving for XX

Stephanie Cruz did a double take when she entered one of her computer science classes at the University of Florida in the first week of fall 2015. A woman was teaching it. A woman also was teaching the next class — and the next. Cruz, now a senior, went from a college career in...
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