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UF Joins NASA Mission to Launch Artificial Star Into Earth’s Orbit

The University of Florida will collaborate with nine other universities on a groundbreaking $19.5 million Landolt NASA Space Mission. Recently approved for deployment, the mission seeks to place an artificial “star” into Earth’s orbit. By doing so, it aims to tackle several open challenges in astrophysics, including understanding the speed and acceleration of the universe’s expansion.

A Protein That Enables Smell — and Stops Cell Death

While smell plays a considerable role in the social interactions of humans — for instance, signaling fear or generating closeness — for ants, it is vitally important. Researchers from New York University and the University of Florida found that a key protein named Orco, essential for the function of olfactory cells, is also critical for the cells’ survival in ants.

Tech Tuesday: Cade Prize 2024

The annual Cade Prize is accepting applications from inventors and early-stage startups. In this week's Tech Tuesday on TV20 WCJB, Bethany Gaffey discusses the competition with Cade Museum CEO Bradley Gamble.

UF Awarded NIH Funding for New Malaria Research Center

A five-year, $3.6 million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to turn the tide through a new International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research led by University of Florida scientist Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D., M.P.H., and partners in Africa.

Gainesville Tech Company Builds International Recognition

Slice Engineering, named the 2023 Tech Company of the Year by the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, serves tens of thousands of people across the world. Slice is a go-to source for 3D printer parts for NASA, Honda, the U.S. military and many other household names. 
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