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Waffle House’s Waffle Wager gives free food to lucky college football fans

Last November two things the South takes very seriously—college football and Waffle House—got together for the second annual Waffle Wager. The winner of the Georgia–Auburn game earned free WaHo victuals for its city the following Wednesday (plus $10,000 toward the school’s general scholarship fund), with Athens reaping the benefits of a 34–7 blowout.
Mark Richt

The paradox of UGA football coach Mark Richt

I still remember the day Mark Richt lost control of the Bulldogs. It happened eight years ago, during one of his best games as a coach, in an incident we like to call the Gator Stomp.

24. Oysters

UGA’s Shellfish Research Laboratory is working to sustainably revive the state’s bivalve industry.

Study: Atlanta is a hotbed of summer thunderstorms

Atlanta summers follow a predictable cycle: muggy mornings, sweltering afternoons, stormy evenings. Think thunder rumbles here more than elsewhere? You’re not imagining things. Atlanta “births” storms frequently, according to an analysis of 26,000 Southeastern storm starts.

A UGA professor wants to make caviar sustainable

Doug Peterson sells the last thing anybody would expect from a college professor working in rural Georgia: caviar. But just outside Chattanooga—three hours northwest of the University of Georgia, where he works as a professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences—Peterson produces the state’s only sustainable caviar at a 5,000-square-foot facility in the town of Cohutta.

Can UGA scientists save endangered big cats with a “frozen zoo”?

It’s a long way from the jungles of Sumatra to a lab in Athens, Georgia, but two University of Georgia researchers hope to create a stem cell bank that could save endangered big cats. Its first deposits are cells collected from Zoo Atlanta’s Jalal, a Sumatran tiger, and Moby, a clouded leopard.

Swamps Élysées: Meet the Queen of Gator, Georgia’s Christy Plott Redd

Christy Plott Redd says she likes to take the fancy out of fashion, but on a recent afternoon in Manhattan—her auburn hair falling in carefully curled waves beneath a mink hat, her eyelashes pressed into thick half-moons over shadowed lids—the fancy was very much on display. She wheeled behind her a suitcase the size of a small car. Inside were dozens of alligator skins, samples she was toting around to sell to big-name fashion designers.

April in Atlanta: 15 great events for families

A month of family fun for kids of all ages, from Teddy Bear loving tots to teenage video game addicts.

Now in Georgia research news: Deadbeat dads, maternal mammals, and egalitarian couples

They say you can’t understand motherly love until you have a child yourself. Turns out, they might be right. Emory University primate experts found that molecules preparing the body for giving birth also activate neural pathways motivating parents to care for their newborns.

Infographic of the Day: Georgia belongs to the Bulldogs

Remember when the New York Times broke news other than Georgians are Bulldog fans? You know the drill: The Times mines Facebook for data on which sport teams users “like” and uses it to generalize team allegiances in each zip code. Then they mash it all together in a fancy, zoom-able, color-coded map that is supposed to draw up districts of fandom.

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