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Too Much Light at Night Causes Spring to Come Early

Too Much Light at Night Causes Spring to Come Early

If trees are budding earlier, this could have a larger effect on the surrounding ecosystem. Eric Vandernoot, the lab coordinator of the Florida Atlantic University Astronomical Observatory, says light pollution alters plant cycles. It throws their bud dormancy out of whack, along with their growth patterns and time when they drop their leaves and fruit. Read more.

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Shark Week

Shark Week

Michelle McComb from Florida Atlantic University and her research team:

"[H]ammerhead eyes, though far apart, have the greatest overlap in their fields of view. The winghead shark has a 48-degree arc in front of it that's covered by both eyes, which must give it exceptional depth perception. By comparison, the scalloped hammerhead has a binocular overlap of 34 degrees, the bonnethead has a much smaller one of 13 degrees, and the lemon and blacknose sharks have the ...

Blacktip Sharks Annual Migration

Blacktip Sharks Annual Migration

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... Tens of thousands of blacktip sharks have been spotted in South Florida's water as they search for warmer waters and food.  The sharks normally appear in the area in mid-January and remain for around two months, reported The Sun Sentinel.  Stephen Kajiura, professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, studied the ocean from a plane Friday and recorded thousands of sharks off Palm Beach...

Generous Gift

Generous Gift

Florida Atlantic University recently received a $1 million gift from Dr. Walter and Lalita Janke to establish the Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund, which will support faculty research that advances knowledge and applications relevant for improving environmental sustainability.

"We are extremely grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Janke for their generosity and commitment to supporting sustainability research at Florida Atlantic University," said ...

Postcards from the Field

Postcards from the Field

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Girls Discover STEM at Scripps

Girls Discover STEM at Scripps

West Palm Beach, Florida, November 19, 2015- On Saturday, November 14th, 2015, the Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County hosted their 6th annual Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) with a focus on STEM at The Scripps Research Institute. Approximately 130 girls in sixth through tenth grades were selected out of over 300 nominated to participate in the program.

"Our future depends on how well we educate the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - and ...

Should trash imported from Broward receive more scrutiny

Should trash imported from Broward receive more scrutiny

A multi-million dollar state of the art Waste to Energy plant is bringing Palm Beach County lots of  garbage and lots of money. "Can we trust them?  Maybe but why take the chance?  I'd much rather have local inspection.  It's absolutely ridiculous to say okay, they did a fine job," said Dr. Bill Louda, FAU Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "Is anybody looking at these trucks to see what they're hauling when they come here from Broward...

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Funds Renovations to FAU Turtle Lab

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Funds Renovations to FAU Turtle Lab

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 30, 2015)The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation recently funded renovations in the FAU Research Laboratory at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Sea turtle research being done at the laboratory includes studies of fundamental importance to sea turtle conservation including sex-ratio of hatchlings, hatchling migration, growth, as well as several aspects of sea turtle behavior including the effects of artificial lights on sea turtles.

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FAU Study on Adolescent Friendships Confirms  'Birds of a Feather Flock Together - Stay Together'

FAU Study on Adolescent Friendships Confirms 'Birds of a Feather Flock Together - Stay Together'

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 20, 2015) - No one likes to lose a friend, especially adolescents. But why do friendships end? Researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University sought to answer this question with a study examining whether adolescent friendships end because of undesirable characteristics of friends, because of differences between friends, or both. Findings from this long-term longitudinal study of 410 adolescents involved in ...

Fruit Flies 'Push the Limit' Helping FAU Researchers  to Understand Age-related Disease Susceptibilities

Fruit Flies 'Push the Limit' Helping FAU Researchers to Understand Age-related Disease Susceptibilities

BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 26, 2015) -- They're pesky and annoying when they get into your fruit, but Drosophila melanogaster, more affectionately known as the "fruit fly," are helping researchers at Florida Atlantic University to discover novel genes that are responsible for neuroprotection.
In a recent publication in Nature Scientific Reports, titled "Pushing the Limit: Examining Factors that Affect Anoxia Tolerance in a Single Genotype of Adult D. Melanogaster," Monica G. Risley, a Ph.D...

Using the Power of Computers to Harness the Human Genome May Provide Clues into the Ebola Virus

Using the Power of Computers to Harness the Human Genome May Provide Clues into the Ebola Virus

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 16, 2014) - Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a major healthcare challenge facing the globe today and if left unchecked could become a pandemic. A limited knowledgebase exists about the Ebola virus and companies are hastening to develop vaccines and other forms to treat and cure the virus. There are no FDA approved drugs, and developing vaccines or antibodies and testing them in clinical trials is an arduous process that takes considerable time. Currently, patients ...

Leading Scientist Joins FAU in Jupiter

Leading Scientist Joins FAU in Jupiter

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 26, 2014) -- A renowned researcher who holds seven U.S. patents and has authored more than 250 scientific publications has joined Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science as the new chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Gregg Fields, whose research focuses on the use of chemical approaches to better understand how protein three-dimensional structures influence cellular and enzymatic behaviors, also will serve as the...

FAU Researchers Find Novel Approach to Treating the Number One Cause of Blindness in Elderly

FAU Researchers Find Novel Approach to Treating the Number One Cause of Blindness in Elderly

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 10, 2014) - While oxygen is essential to our planet's life force and the way we function and stay healthy, high concentrations referred to as oxidative stress may very well be the cause of more than 70 widely-spread diseases such as cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and eye diseases including macular degeneration.

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, as well as the Charles E. Schmidt College of ...

FAU Researchers Introduce 'The Human Dynamic Clamp' - a Groundbreaking Approach to Understanding Social Interaction

FAU Researchers Introduce 'The Human Dynamic Clamp' - a Groundbreaking Approach to Understanding Social Interaction

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 11, 2014) - Scientists at Florida Atlantic University's Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences have created the Human Dynamic Clamp to address the difficult problem of studying social interactions in the laboratory. Their findings were released today in an article titled "The Human Dynamic Clamp as a Paradigm for Social Interaction" in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"While it is fairly easy to study one person's ...