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Nandu Chitnis

Marine scientists from across the globe are joining a growing number of Floridians opposed to oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

In a letter made public Thursday, the 75 scientists warn the seismic testing would have a widespread and long-lasting impact on marine life.

Remembering Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark

Feb 27, 2015
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On Wednesday a pioneering researcher - known as the "Shark Lady" - who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.

Sad to report that the "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory Eugenie Clark passed away this week at the age of 92. She dove for the last time in 2014.  Click on the title to watch a documentary Amy Tardif did on her in 2005.


Florida Aims For Leadership in Autonomous Vehicles

Feb 27, 2015
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Florida aims to lead the way in automated vehicle technology, with a three year research program underway. But don’t expect to see fully self-driving cars on the road any time soon.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working with universities and industry groups to develop autonomous vehicle technology.

Why Music Therapists Want To Be Licensed in Florida

Feb 26, 2015
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Music is often part of some of our biggest moments. From singing happy birthday to your favorite song that you always sing along to, music can help you connect and remember. Studies have shown that music can also become a form of therapy.

Only seven states require a license for music therapists. Florida isn't one of them. But some music therapy professionals in the Sunshine State are trying to change that.