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Feature image for "One Small Sprout" feature from Spring 2022 issue of Explore magazine.

One Small Sprout

Growing plants in Apollo moon dust is a giant leap forward
By Samantha Murray

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Agronomist David Wright sees a future where jet fuel comes from a...
Feature image for CSI: Alzheimer's from Explore magazine's Fall 2021 issue
Growing up in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, Stefan Prokop imagined...
Feature image for "Building Blocks" from Explore magazine's Fall 2021 issue
The earliest known use of concrete is a floor that dates back...
Hero image for Explore Summer '21 feature story, "All-Seeing Algorithms"
Artificial intelligence and computer science researchers say getting machines to do the right thing has turned out to be relatively easy. We program Roombas to vacuum our homes, but don’t expect them to brew our coffee. We program robotic arms to sort parts in factories, but not to decide which colors to paint cars. We program doorbells to tell us who is at the door, but not to let them in. Most of our machines do one thing and do it well, usually in error-free fashion. They get the task right.
Hero image for Explore Summer '21 feature story, "Trusting Tech"
When you can’t trust your own eyes and ears to detect deepfakes, who can you trust? Perhaps, a machine. University of Florida researcher Damon Woodard is using artificial intelligence methods to develop algorithms that can detect deepfakes — images, text, video and audio that purports to be real but isn’t. These algorithms, Woodard says, are better at detecting deepfakes than humans.
Hero image for Explore Summer '21 feature story, "Vital Signs"
Azra Bihorac says one of the most important collaborations for doctors and...
Hero image for Explore Summer '21 feature story, "Data Prospecting"
Not so long ago, a scientist might say she could never have too much data. Even today, in a world drowning in data, it is better to be data-rich than data-poor.
A symphony orchestra is comprised of the strings, the woodwinds, the brass and percussion. Without one, you lose the depth of sound. Without them all, you lose the genius of Beethoven or Mozart.
Feature image of Perseverence Rover landing on Mars' surface. Artist rendering by NASA/JPL.
Williams, a University of Florida geology professor, recently joined her second Mars mission: After serving on the Curiosity rover team since 2009, she’s now a participating scientist on the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the red planet on Feb. 18.
On the experimental farm at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, the fourth revolution of agriculture in is high gear.
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Pam Soltis has spent her adult life studying the Earth’s living things, first from the perspective of plants and in recent years on a broader scale as she and her husband, Doug, have worked to create a “Tree of Life” that organizes and illustrates how all living things interact.
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In January, the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute hosted “Black Voices in Research,” an online storytelling event featuring five Black members of the UF biomedical research community.