Slapshot to deep space


The ticket to Mars and beyond may be a series of nuclear slapshots that use magnetic pulses to slam nuclei into each other inside hockey pucks made of a special, lightweight salt.


UAHuntsville scientific team helping Japanese space program launch safely

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A team of scientists from The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Earth System Science Center is working with the Japanese space agency to develop new rules to protect spacecraft from lightning.


Apache Block III National Airspace Trainer demonstrated at UAHuntsville

AB3NATtn The Product Office for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) conducted a demonstration of a new capability that will enable collective Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) training using a manned helicopter.


UAHuntsville business faculty investigate research ethics; results are published in Science magazine


Two faculty members from The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s College of Business Administration were published today in the prestigious journal Science for their investigation of an important issue in research ethics. 


UAHuntsville research team leads discussion of 2011 tornado disasters


A team of scientists and students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville participated in a special symposium on 2011's tornado disasters at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society last month in New Orleans.


UAHuntsville public history students create state's first documented geocache trail

John Kvach first thought of creating a geocache trail project for his public history students attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) last fall.


Two UAHuntsville business professors conduct groundbreaking research for marketing products

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Dr. Jim Simpson and Dr. Yeqing Bao look at things a little differently than most. They typically visit China once or twice a year to recruit business students to The University of Alabama in Huntsville. While there, they visit industries, speak to business executives and lecture at some of the most prestigious universities in China.


UAHuntsville professor to discuss the psychology of disaster decision-making.

11:10 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 2 Psychology professor Dr. Marita A. O'Brien will examine and discuss the "Psychology of Hazardous Weather Warnings," next month on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville).


Robotic polisher extends research, fabrication, design capabilities of university's optics center

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 7, 2011) - Deep in the bowels of the Optics Building on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville, there exists a large Plexiglass enclosure, a whirling polishing head swirls over a glass mirror, methodically polishing the surface.


A controlled stream of abrasive slurry plays constantly on the surface being polished and the computer controlled polishing bonnet, forming a halo as it is thrown off by polish head spinning at up to 2,000 rpm.

This is the polish head of the Zeeko IRP-600X in action. It is capable of shaping free-form optical surfaces in virtually any material that can be polished: glass, metals, even many composites, says Dr. Pat Reardon, UAHuntsville's Center for Applied Optics (CAO) Interim Director and principal research scientist.


'Pop-up' storm forecasting program added to FAA flight planning system

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 27, 2011) - A system that uses data from satellites to predict "pop up" thunderstorms has been incorporated into the weather forecasting software used to plan thousands of airline and commercial airplane flights in the U.S. every day.

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Developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Satellite Convection AnalySis & Tracking (SATCAST) system uses data from NOAA's GOES East weather satellite to monitor cumulus clouds as they develop, move and grow before they become thunderstorms. Using satellite data over the eastern two-thirds of the United States, SATCAST works with other forecast technology to give 15-minute to two-hour warnings of convective thunderstorms before they develop.