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UCF Researcher Uncovers Challenges Mining Asteroids

Jan 4, 2016

Researcher Josh Colwell’s experiment is getting a ride on the Vomit-comet – a plane that simulates microgravity environments. Using particles similar to the dust and dirt on an asteroid, Colwell wants to observe how they behave in microgravity.

There’s a lot of interest in mining asteroids for minerals like platinum. So Colwell hopes his findings will help design space suits and tools for future asteroid explorers.

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The Lee Memorial Health System is changing its policies for providing free and discounted medical care for the area’s uninsured.

The policy shift moves the hospital group into compliance with Affordable Care Act regulations.

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  A new study by University of Florida researchers finds Florida strawberry growers would benefit by starting the growing season just a few weeks earlier each year.  Doing so could help growers maximize their profits and help Florida’s strawberry industry to remain competitive in the global market. However, actually implementing the study’s findings is not that simple.

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University of Florida researchers say they have developed genetically modified citrus trees that are resistant to greening. It is a significant step against the disease that has devastated Florida's $11 billion citrus industry and is among the worst to hit a US crop.

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So many people are raising bees in Florida, the state is bucking a national trend when it comes to the number of managed bee hives.  While colony collapse disorder, parasites, pesticides and other threats plague bee populations around the world, the state Department of Agriculture says the number of managed bee colonies here has increased 145% in the last eight years.  Florida has emerged as an anomaly in large part because of the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping.

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