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Calling All Birds

By recording months of bird calls, University of Alabama researchers are creating a baseline to later measure changing bird populations.

‘The Bees, I Just Quite Like Them’

Some people enjoy tracking spring’s first robin. Others … well … they get their buzz from focusing on smaller winged creatures.

Fire in the Mountain

A University of Alabama researcher analyzes material birthed by a devastatingly violent volcanic eruption in hopes an increased understanding leads to more accurate forecasting.

Scrubbing CO2: A Patented Alternative for Capturing Emissions

A University of Alabama engineering professor hopes efforts in his lab to find different chemicals from those now used to clean industrial emissions will lead to cheaper and more efficient carbon capture methods.

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.

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