Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the risk of dengue fever in the tourist town of Key West.
If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it would be the first such experiment in the U.S.
via Florida hopes to release genetically modified mosquitoes | WJLA.com.
Another post-hurricane threat: panthers and wild animals.
YULEE, Fla. – Two young panthers are being tracked in northeast Florida after Hurricane Sandy knocked down the enclosure fence where they were being raised.
A statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the juvenile panthers, outfitted with radio collars, are being tracked in Yulee in Nassau County. Both are out of their pen but have been located by wildlife officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service using telemetry to track the radio-collars on the panthers.
The cats have not traveled far from their pen. Officials are working diligently to return them to their enclosure.
The cats were captured when they were 5 months old in northern Collier County last September.
Scientists estimate that between 100 and 160 adult and sub-adult panthers live in South Florida.
via 2 panthers being tracked in northeast after storm knocks enclosure fence down | Fox News.
Networking infrastructure company Cisco announced on Tuesday evening that its first “Smart+Connected” city will be the planned community of Lake Nona, Florida which exists inside the city limits of Orlando. The fifteen-year Lake Nona project will be Cisco’s first of nine planned Smart+Connected cities. The company first announced this initiative more than two years ago.The Smart+Connected initiative is Cisco’s experiment with building the communications infrastructure that connects all aspects of a community, from government to health care to education to enterprise to home and beyond. More than simply a communications ecosystem, the initiative is squarely focused on preparing for the nascent “Internet of things” era. This means the project will touch on all of the community-focused communications weve seen developing independently over the last decade: wireless voice and data communications, fiber to the home networks, digital signage, IP video surveillance, “smart grid” energy management, and more than 20 other “smart services” across the entire Lake Nona community.
via Ciscos Lake Nona experiment: A marriage of urban planning and IT.