WHAT: Florida Power & Light Company and FIU will dedicate a commercial-scale solar power array at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing that doubles as an innovative research facility.

A chemical used to disperse oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been proven to severely harm and even kill jellyfish. A study by FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center found crude oil and weathered oil alone did not cause significant adverse effects in moon jellyfish, a species commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico where the spill occurred.

Although March 27 through April 2 is generally recognized as Tsunami Preparedness Week, different states designate different times (though most choose March and April). Those who live on the U.S. East Coast are used to hurricane preparedness, preparing for tsunamis is very different. Some Americans live in higher risk areas for tsunamis, while others may visit one either for pleasure or business.

The world’s rarest species — both plants and animals — contribute disproportionally to the ecosystems where they reside, according to research published this week. This new information is changing how scientists view rare species, many of which are on the brink of extinction. An international team of researchers, including FIU botanist Christopher Baraloto, is answering the question of just how important these rare species really are.

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