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An Extra Edge: Simulation, UA Help Automakers Save

Two engineering professors are working with industry to solve key issues in automotive manufacturing, using computers to save the companies time and money.

Studying Salamanders to Size up Climate Change

A UA doctoral student’s collaborative research with the Smithsonian Institute revealed salamanders are shrinking – a phenomenon linked to climate change, researchers hypothesize.

Fly Like This

University of Alabama researchers look to nature, including the design of butterfly wings, for flight inspiration.

A Lighter Landing

Advances in military aircraft technology since World War II are astounding, but updates to the temporary, portable materials on which those craft sometimes land have not kept pace. Researchers at The University of Alabama and the Army Corps of Engineers seek to modernize those runways.

Reaching for Rocks

When you hold a polished zircon, you’re likely seeing December’s birthstone. When Delores Robinson holds an unpolished version, she’s likely considering the history of the Himalayas.

Sunny Days

Using sunlight to create energy may seem a simple concept, but simple ideas often take creative solutions to become reality.

Particle Physics, Post-Higgs

Two University of Alabama physicists who were part of the Higgs boson discovery team say the fun has just begun

Energy Supply Problem 2.0

A University of Alabama engineering professor hopes to swap rare-earth minerals used in electric machines with more abundant substitutes to drive down costs and encourage swifter adoption.

No Mountain Too Low

Global earthquakes help a University of Alabama geologist image a mostly ice-buried mountain range in Antarctica.

A Catalyst for Jobs

As anyone who has picked up a newspaper — or stood in an unemployment line — knows, creating jobs in today’s economic climate is a slow-lane struggle. In partnership with UA faculty and staff, two departments seek to use campus breakthroughs to accelerate lane changes.

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