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NASA scientists say this winter's erratic weather is part of a global warming trend dating back more than a decade. Their findings are based on a fleet of satellites and airborne sensors that for the first time are giving scientists a global view of our changing climate.

The weekend's blizzard that gripped the mid-Atlantic region followed a balmy December along the east coast that in central Florida was the hottest ever recorded.

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A Sarasota-based medical marijuana company is developing a patch containing a chemical compound from the cannabis plant.  

The company – Alternative Medical Enterprises or AME – said the compound, known as CBD, has anti-inflammatory benefits that would help with conditions like arthritis.

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.


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.