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2009-10-05 15:15:15

$1.03 million grant from Defense Department program to fund Florida State University study The anticipated sea-level rise associated with climate change, including increased storminess, over the next 100 years and the impact on the nation's low-lying coastal infrastructure is the focus of a new, interdisciplinary study led by geologists at The Florida State University. "Our hypothesis is that the historic storm record, which extends back only about 150 years, isn't a reliable indicator of...

2009-09-21 13:13:00

BETHEL, Conn., Sept. 21, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven by research that shows thunderstorms and tornadoes during fall months pose one of the greatest weather threats to power outages, Duracell picked the first day of autumn to launch its "More Power To Protect" program, pledging more than 10 million hours of battery power to communities most susceptible to these occurrences. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090921/CL78461) To help launch the campaign, Duracell has joined...

2009-09-16 15:04:06

Using yeast genetics and a novel scheme to selectively remove a single protein from the cell division process called meiosis, a cell biologist at The Florida State University found that when a key molecular player known as Pds5 goes missing, chromosomes fail to segregate and pair up properly, and birth defects such as Down syndrome can result. That discovery is groundbreaking, but so, too, is what principal investigator Hong-Guo Yu calls the "genetics trick" performed by his research team...

2009-08-10 13:18:37

A researcher at The Florida State University has been awarded a $5 million, five-year federal grant to train doctoral students to conduct advanced research on the best ways of teaching reading, math and science to the nation's schoolchildren.Psychology Professor Christopher J. Lonigan received the grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to continue FSU's Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) program. Lonigan and Christopher...

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2009-07-17 13:30:44

A study of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary found them devastated by invasive Atlantic Coast crabs and snails, providing new evidence of the consequences when human activities move species beyond their natural borders. Led by marine biologist David L. Kimbro, now of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the study shows that in Tomales Bay, half the population of California's native Olympia oyster has perished because its habitat has fallen...

2009-06-19 13:57:32

Reductions in the flow of the Apalachicola River have far-reaching effects that could prove detrimental to grouper and other reef fish populations in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Florida State University study that may provide new ammunition for states engaged in a nearly two-decade water war. The Florida State researchers found that in years with low river flow, the concentration of phytoplankton -- the microscopic plant-like organisms that feed into the food chain --...

2009-06-08 10:59:00

Exclusive Information on Charlie Crist, Reubin Askew, Bud Chiles, Bill McCollum, Phil Lewis, Claude Kirk, J.D. Alexander, and Others, as 2010 Campaigns Begin... TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Florida State Senator Bob McKnight (D., Miami) announced today the Golden Years Political Collection, a new web site, www.goldenyearspoliticalcollection.com, based on McKnight's nationally acclaimed book, The Golden Years...The Florida Legislature, '70s and '80s*. The web site,...

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2009-06-05 11:20:00

Boys who carry a particular variation of the gene Monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), sometimes called the "warrior gene," are more likely not only to join gangs but also to be among the most violent members and to use weapons, according to a new study from The Florida State University that is the first to confirm an MAOA link specifically to gangs and guns. Findings apply only to males. Girls with the same variant of the MAOA gene seem resistant to its potentially violent effects on gang membership...

2009-06-02 11:33:55

 Informing men that a new vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) would also help protect their female partners against developing cervical cancer from the sexually transmitted infection did not increase their interest in getting the vaccine, according to a new Florida State University study.Mary Gerend, assistant professor of medical humanities and social sciences at the FSU College of Medicine, and Jessica Barley, a 2008 Florida State psychology graduate who based her honors...

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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...