Most of us have the luxury of not having to think about transportation and mobility. However, about 41 million Americans have disabilities and here in Florida, with its older demographic, providing more mobility options become a higher priority. A research team at the University of Florida (UF) recently studied persons with disabilities’ attitudes about utilizing automated shuttles and found that …
UF researchers develop new CRISPR-based tool for cancer diagnosis
A team of University of Florida researchers led by Yong Zeng, Ph.D.,an associate professor in the department of chemistry, an affiliate faculty member in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family department of biomedical engineering and a UF Health Cancer Center member, has developed a promising new CRISPR-powered method for noninvasive blood tests that could help clinicians diagnose cancer at earlier stages.
Understanding nature’s fury: UF researchers take their lab to the middle of the hurricanes
Forrest Masters, a civil engineer and interim dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and his team take field data gathered during storms and compare it to wind tunnel modeling performed at UF’s Powell Family Structures & Materials Laboratory. With support from the National Science Foundation, UF is developing new tools that test hazardous winds on a variety of artificial landscapes inside the lab’s wind tunnel to help better understand how storms impact cities and towns.
U.S. DOE announces $40M for more efficient cooling for data centers
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in funding for 15 projects that will develop high-performance, energy efficient cooling solutions for data centers.
AI helps create better, simpler hepatitis, COVID-19 tests
Going beyond pregnancy and COVID-19, the world could someday soon come to rely on at-home tests for many diseases thanks in part to AI-fueled improvements. UF scientists have used artificial intelligence tools to simplify a test that works for both hepatitis C and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The simplified test happens in one small test tube in just a few minutes. With further refinement, it could arrive at doctor’s offices soon and, one day, become available as home tests that are as easy as a pregnancy test.
UF partners on NSF-funded National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute focused on STEM learning
The NSF has selected a team of scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to lead a $20 million institute to advance artificial intelligence to promote STEM education.
The Science of Stealing: Researchers study shoplifting at UF’s ‘Safer Places Lab’
Retailers across the globe are turning to researchers with the University of Florida to try to cut back on retail theft. Cory Lowe with UF’s Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) walked FOX 35 through what the team calls its Simulation Lab.
UF engineers create viable artificial blood vessels by stretching the science of silicone 3D printing
Thomas Angelini, Ph.D., associate professor in MAE, and Senthilkumar Duraivel, a graduate from MSE working out of Angelini’s Soft Matter Lab, have collaborated on an approach to 3D print soft silicone structures like miniscule vascular bodies by turning the conventional process on its head.
How a horse whisperer can help engineers build better robots
UF researchers say the age-old partnership between people and horses can teach us something about building robots designed to improve our lives.
Outsmarting shoplifters: Gator Engineer harnesses tech to keep one step ahead
Engineering Research Scientist Read Hayes recently traveled to Tallahassee, FL, to represent UF on Gator Day to showcase how his SaferPlaces Lab works to keep retail communities safe from shoplifters.