Gulf Coast Live

Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, that’s according to researchers at the University of Florida. So, in an effort to identify invasive insects before they become prolific, UF/IFAS has created the Florida First Detectors program. The idea is to train stakeholders like Florida Master Gardeners, nursery managers, and farmers to identify invasive pests. We’re joined by Dr. Amanda Hodges, a UF/IFAS Extension scientist and co-author of a new invasive insects identification guide to learn more about the program and how people can get involved. We're also joined by Ian Bartoszek, Wildlife Biologist/Science Coordinator with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to talk about his work with invasive reptiles like Burmese Pythons and the Argentine Black and White Tegu. And we'll learn more about FGCU's Campus Naturalist program with student Shawn Brunelle.

Lawrence Jackson / Obama White House Archives

This Friday is World AIDS Day, which has been observed on Dec. 1 since its inception in 1988. The '80s were the peak of the AIDS crisis and all of the stigmas and misinformation that came with it, but by the end of the decade, World AIDS Day was instituted to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and show support to those living with HIV.

University of Florida: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Citrus Research Education Center on Wednesday. We’re joined by the center’s director, Dr. Michael Rogers, to talk about this century old partnership between scientists and the citrus industry.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

There are some world-renowned cancer research facilities in the state of Florida — the Moffitt Center and the Mayo Clinic to name a couple — but until now, Southwest Florida went without such a program.


By now you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. It’s a global cryptocurrency and digital payment system. It’s considered the world’s first decentralized digital currency, because the system works without a central repository or single administrator. It operates as a peer-to-peer system, with transactions happening directly between users, with all transactions being recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. And, while it's not entirely clear who exactly invented it, hundreds of thousands of merchants and vendors around the world accept bitcoin as payment. So what on earth does all of that mean? We’re joined by a man who’s been investing in Bitcoin for about 4 years to try to demystify this cutting edge, yet difficult to understand digital currency.