A University of Central Florida assistant professor has developed a new material using nanotechnology, which could help keep pilots and sensitive equipment safe from destructive lasers. UCF Assistant Professor Jayan Thomas, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor Rongchao Jin chronicle their work in the July issue of the journal Nano Letters. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl301988v)
New Venomous Snake Discovered in Costa Rica
An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.
'Coral Zombies' May Spell Doom for Coral Reefs Around World
- Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate. But a new study presented at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu today shows that these seemingly healthy colonies are "Coral Zombies" with no reproductive ability, which makes them useless in a recovery effort.
Damage to Tiny Liver Protein Function Leads to Heart Disease, Fatty Liver
A UCF College of Medicine researcher has identified for the first time a tiny liver protein that when disrupted can lead to the nation's top killer -- cardiovascular disease -- as well as fatty liver disease, a precursor to cancer. The chief culprit in disabling the protein's delicate mechanics is a fatty acid found in red meat and butter.
'Breaking Me Softly:' UCF Fiber Findings Featured in Nature
A finding by a University of Central Florida researcher that unlocks a means of controlling materials at the nanoscale and opens the door to a new generation of manufacturing is featured online today in the journal Nature. Using a pair of pliers in each hand and gradually pulling taut a piece of glass fiber coated in plastic, associate professor Ayman Abouraddy found that something unexpected and never before documented occurred -- the inner fiber fragmented in an orderly fashion.
New Research Ensures Car LCDs Work in Extreme Cold, Heat
One of UCF's most prolific inventors has solved a stubborn problem: How to keep the electronic displays in your car working, whether you're driving in the frigid depths of winter or under the broiling desert sun.
A Savage World for Frogs
UCF biologist Anna Savage is obsessed with frogs and figuring out why they are dying at an unprecedented rate around the world. Her latest research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that natural selection as well as other evolutionary forces have shaped the evolution of immune genes in lowland leopard frog populations helping them survive a deadly fungus that's killing off many other species worldwide.
'Team Players' Are Picked Earlier in NFL Draft - And Paid More, Study Shows
In the NFL, it pays to be a team player - literally. A study published recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that good character boosts a player's stock in the NFL draft.
Satellites Show Florida Beaches Becoming Darker, And That's Good for Sea Turtles
Newly published research that started as a high school science project confirms that the density of sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is reduced where artificial lights along the coast deter nesting females. But the data also show that the network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida's coast seems to be working.