Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Female CEOs see pay rise, but numbers remain small
For the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off. More from the AP.
Officials eye possible tropical development in Atlantic
An area of disturbed weather near the Bahamas may become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm later this week, and may soak parts of the Southeast coast during the Memorial Day weekend. More from Florida Today, the Weather Channel, and WTSP.
Competition in Florida helps keep Obamacare rates in check
Competition among health insurance companies requesting to sell plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Florida next year should help keep premiums in check for consumers despite an early estimate by state regulators of an average double digit increase. See the full statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, here. Also read more at the Miami Herald.
Gov. Scott wants more college students to graduate on time
A team of researchers, including FIU biology professor Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color. This genetic finding can help breeders create varieties of chickpea that will fare better against debilitating diseases. More from the AP.
Scientific discovery could revolutionize one of world’s most important crops
A team of researchers, including FIU biology professor Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color. This genetic finding can help breeders create varieties of chickpea that will fare better against debilitating diseases. The chickpea is a primary source of protein in Africa and throughout the world and contains essential nutrients for human diets. Full story from FIU News, here.
Wearable emotion detector
Jamie Kim, a researcher in the University of Florida’s Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, uses high-tech eye-tracking glasses to determine what parts of an attraction capture visitors’ attention. She’s one of a handful of researchers worldwide pairing the glasses with a wristband that measures your emotional state.
» More from UF News.
Out of the Box
The Last Emoji, an eye-catching yellow sculpture, standing at nine-feet-tall and weighing 900 pounds, now winks its eye — a wrecked tire — and shows off its bright red tongue — a car seat — to passersby in Wynwood. The piece was designed to create awareness about a serious issue: texting and driving.
» More from the Miami Herald
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