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Several Florida universities and research institutes have received millions of dollars in grants to help fight the Zika virus—the mosquito borne disease that can cause severe birth defects.

Florida is turning 500 years old, and one Miami-based artist is giving the state a floral facelift as a birthday gift.  

Five-hundred years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he arrived in Florida. He named it la Florida (translation: Flowery Land) because of its beautiful flora.  Today, Florida International University Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada is inviting all Floridians to help bring back some of the natural beauty Ponce de Leon saw.

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Friday marks the end of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. It produced nineteen storms with three hitting Florida.

For the past few years, Atlantic air currents have saved Florida from severe hurricanes. That’s according to Erik Salna with the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University.

“So many storms have been formed, but so many of them stayed off shore because they all curved away from the U.S coast line.” Salna said.