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2009-05-06 08:15:00

Overfishing deemed most likely cause Sharks, barracuda and other large predatory fishes disappear on Caribbean coral reefs as human populations rise, endangering the region's marine food web and ultimately its reefs and fisheries, according to a sweeping study by researcher Chris Stallings of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. While other scientists working in the Caribbean have observed the declines of large predators for decades, the comprehensive work by Stallings...

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2009-03-25 09:16:54

Among zebrafish, the eyes have it. Inside them is a mosaic of light-sensitive cells whose structure and functions are nearly identical to those of humans. There, biologists at The Florida State University discovered a gene mutation that determines if the cells develop as rods (the photoreceptors responsible for dim-light vision) or as cones (the photoreceptors needed for color vision). Described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the landmark...

2009-03-22 21:40:00

Florida State football Coach Bobby Bowden says NCAA sanctions levied recently against the school were too harsh. The penalties were for major violations that include academic fraud across 10 sports involving more than 60 student-athletes and improper benefits, unethical conduct by academic service staff members. The violations occurred in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's swimming, softball and men's golf. An NCAA report...

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2009-03-16 06:30:00

Scientists warn New York City could be at risk to damage from hurricanes and storm surges because they predict global warming could lift sea levels twice as fast as global rates. "The northeast coast of the United States is among the most vulnerable regions to future changes in sea level and ocean circulation, especially when considering its population density," said Jianjun Yin, a climate modeler at Florida State University. The new study predicts a slowdown in Atlantic Ocean currents that...

2009-03-06 19:17:21

The NCAA has put Florida State University on four years probation for major violations including academic fraud involving 61 student-athletes across 10 sports. In addition to probation, the Atlantic Coast Conference school was hit with reduced scholarships and several records were vacated, the NCAA said in a news release. FSU issued a statement saying school officials were pleased that the NCAA Committee on Infractions accepted the findings of an FSU investigation and acknowledged that nearly...

2009-03-06 15:37:40

The NCAA hit Florida State with a number of penalties for major violations including academic fraud across 10 sports involving more than 60 student-athletes. The ACC school received four years probation, reduced scholarships, and several records were vacated. Florida State University officials are pleased that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, the school said in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat. (We have) accepted the findings and acknowledged that nearly all of the penalties...

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2009-02-04 12:15:00

The facial structure of an ancient relative of modern humans may have evolved to allow them to eat large, hard nuts and seeds as part of a survival strategy, according to a new study by an international team of researchers that includes Florida State University's Dennis E. Slice. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, challenge a long-standing hypothesis that the distinctive facial skeleton of Australopithecus africanus, a human relative who...

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2009-01-30 09:00:50

Teenagers who smoke could be setting themselves up for depression later in life, according to a groundbreaking new Florida State University study. Psychology Professor Carlos Bolanos and a team of researchers found that nicotine given to adolescent rats induced a depression-like state characterized by a lack of pleasure and heightened sensitivity to stress in their adult lives. The findings, published online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, suggest that the same may be true for...

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2009-01-28 14:56:02

Longtime Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has signed a one-year contract extension with the ACC school through the 2009 season. The 79-year-old Bowden is the second-winningest coach in major college football history, one victory behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. I am glad to get it signed, up for another year like I said I would do after each year, he said on the school's Web site Wednesday. I appreciate the university's support. We are busy recruiting and looking forward to next...

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2008-12-18 16:47:02

Sure, they're polygamous, but male emus and several other ground-dwelling birds also are devoted dads, serving as the sole incubators and caregivers to oversized broods from multiple mothers. It is rare behavior, but research described in the Dec. 19 Science found that it runs in this avian family, all the way back to its dinosaur ancestors. Scientists had long wondered about the origins of polygamy and paternal care patterns among modern-day Paleognathes -- an ancient avian lineage that...