Category Science

Pluto exploration expands to New Horizons

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator.

A dot 3 billion miles away is starting to become clearer with the first high-resolution images of a has-been planet.

Exploring Pluto has been out of reach. That is, until now.


UF 20th internationally in patents

This story was originally published on page 4 of the Alligator.

UF researchers created a pesticide that saved the Statue of Liberty from termites and a drug that treats people losing their vision.

The university has 87 patents for original and tested ideas like these, ranking it 20th among international universities and 15th in the U.S., according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

UF concrete canoe team wins

This story was originally published on page 4 of the Alligator.

The UF concrete canoe team members messaged one another about their workouts every single day.

The messages kept one another motivated, said Tyler Mokris, the team’s construction and paddling captain. And their dedication paid off, as the team won the American Society of Civil Engineer’s national competition on June 22 at Clemson University, beating 21 other schools and winning a $5,000 scholarship.

UF engineering team’s concrete canoe wins regional competition

This story was originally published on page 8 of the Alligator.

The team members threw their hands into a circle, and Tyler Mokris yelled, “Gators on three!”

The UF Concrete Canoe team cheered at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ southeastern conference then raced their 22-foot-long canoe through the water.

The team placed first at the southeast regional competition this weekend, which qualified them to compete at the national level for the 11th time. The national competition will be at Clemson University on June 20 through June 22.