Battle for Bromeliads

Weevils Are Destroying Florida's Bromeliads. What Can We Do?

In some places, bromeliad populations are down as much as 90 percent.

03/02/2020 By Dyllan Furness

Technology

The Coder School Opens in Lakewood Ranch

The school uses a variety of platforms to teach various coding languages such as HTML, CSS, Python, Javascript and more.

02/24/2020 By Staff

Education

New Local Think Tank Holds Lectures on Future Tech Disruptions

By 2030, “40 percent of all existing jobs will be gone. Anything repetitive will be made redundant” by artificial intelligence.

02/07/2020 By David Klement

Flight Club

A Group of Local Kids Gather Every Saturday to Build Real, Working Airplanes

In addition to encouraging young people with an interest in aviation, the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota is also aimed at helping at-risk kids.

12/31/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Whole New Worlds

Ringling College Sees Limitless Possibilities in the Realm of Virtual Realities

VR’s value is enormous, from health care to tourism to the automotive industry to retail and more.

12/31/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Reality Check

We Tried It: An Hour in Virtual Reality

Exploring the ethereal world of virtual reality at Escape Reality, a V.R. bar and retro arcade

12/10/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Meetings

Brain Health Initiative to Host Public Meeting Dec. 9

The meeting will review progress from Phase 1 of the initiative and provide updates on Phase 2.

12/05/2019 By Staff

Marine corps

Mote Summit Aims to Encourage (and Fund) Innovative Youth Conservation Projects

Over the last nine years, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit has awarded 140 mini-grants to help young people start environmental initiatives.

12/04/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Mr. Chatterbox

Mr. Chatterbox Test Drives a Tesla and Sees the Future

It was like a ride at a theme park, Mr. C. says.

10/31/2019 By Robert Plunket

Grants

Mote Receives Federal Grant to Study Migratory Sharks

The Pelagic Ecosystem Research Consortium (PERC) will have a goal of improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory species, including tuna, swordfish and sharks

10/02/2019 By Staff

Science

Mote Receives $250,000 in Funding for Coral Research

Funds will be used for Mote's coral research and restoration initiative.

09/18/2019 Photography by Staff

Technology

SouthTech, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance to Host 'Data Dump'

The event encourages locals to recycle old, outdated technology.

09/17/2019 Photography by Staff

Slime time

'Slime Blowout' Coming to Sarasota Next Month

The convention will feature several "VIP Slimers," plus an ASMR film festival.

09/11/2019 By Olivia Epstein

Education

Suncoast Science Center Launches After-School and Weekend Youth Programs

The new programs will begin this month.

09/09/2019 By Staff

Solar Powered

Largest Solar Energy System in Sarasota County Installed at Girls Inc.

The 200,220-watt system, installed at Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, will produce 300,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year.

08/20/2019 By Staff

Under the weather

Researchers Predict Increased Chance of Heightened Hurricane Season

A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report puts the risk of an "above average" Atlantic hurricane season at 45 percent.

08/20/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Awards

National Science Foundation Awards More than $1.7 Million to Mote Marine Laboratory

The funding will be used to further coral reef research and strengthen underrepresented minority groups who want to pursue STEM careers.

08/08/2019 Photography by Staff

Vroom Vroom

Inside the New World of Autonomous Vehicles

We'll be safer, but also less free.

07/31/2019 By Rich Rescigno

Robocalls

House of Representatives Passes Bill Cracking Down on Robocalls

Area code 941, which covers most of Florida’s 16th congressional district, received more than 44 million scam robocalls in 2018.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Let's make some black gold

Free Workshop Covers the Ins and Outs of Composting

Don't be that person trying to compost a Starbucks cup. Learn the basics from University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

07/12/2019 By Olivia Letts