Friday, August 24, 2018
Mayo Clinic Researchers to Study if Hands-Free Camera in Space Can Monitor Vital Signs

Astronauts intermittently monitor their vital signs in space for experiments, partly because continuous monitoring requires multiple contact points on the body and the use of cumbersome batteries. Now, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus are studying a device to be launched into space that is designed to use a small, inexpensive camera fitted with specialized software. ..

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
FSU Professor’s Work to be Conducted at International Space Station

A Florida State University (FSU) professor’s latest experiments will take place far above the Earth when astronauts at the International Space Station begin working with FSU on what’s called a chemical garden.  Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Oliver Steinbock will send materials for experiments to the International Space Station in June aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX.  The goal of the project is to grow a chemical garden — inorganic structures that can spring up from metal salts and a silicate solution. ..

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Defying Gravity: UF/IFAS Researcher to Experiment with Algae in Space

A University of Florida (UF) scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.  Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture carbon, and in turn, help support animal and plant life in space, said Mark Settles, a UF professor of horticultural sciences. ..

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Arecibo Observatory Transitions to UCF-Led Management Team

The University of Central Florida has officially taken over operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet. Built in the 1960s, the observatory continues to make significant contributions to understanding the universe. Scientists from around the world have used it to do everything from monitoring binary pulsars to verifying the existence of gravitational waves. ..

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