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University of Alabama Huntsville’s New Weather Research Facility

The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s new, Severe Weather Institute – Radar and Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL) is boosting the interest of prospective graduate atmospheric science students and reinforcing the university’s increasing severe weather and lightning research prominence. Built through a …

Alabama Crash Data Shows Holidays are a Dangerous Time on the Roads

The days just before Christmas, as people rush to buy presents and travel to holiday destinations, can be more dangerous on roadways than the days surrounding Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to a recent study of traffic data by The …

University of Alabama Fights to Protect Trademarks Despite Costs

University of Alabama officials say the school has issued more than 150 cease and desist letters in the past decade to businesses and people accused of selling goods that violate the school’s trademarks. University Athletics Director Bill Battle told AL.com …

Study Suggests Topography Can Strengthen Tornadoes

The Georgia town of Trenton seems to fit the model. Two people died there about a block from each other. Ringgold, Ga., does, too. Death toll there: 8. In both cases, National Weather Service maps that tracked the April 27, …

Alabama Creates Insurance Research Center

Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a research center at the University of Alabama to address the availability and rising cost of homeowner insurance. Bentley went to the Tuscaloosa campus Wednesday to sign an executive order establishing the Alabama Center for …

University of Alabama Studies Impact of 2011 Tornado on Foreclosures

A University of Alabama study has found that the April 2011 tornado didn’t severely impact home foreclosures in the Tuscaloosa area. Sociologist Bronwen Lichtenstein says researchers noted a slight decrease in foreclosures after the tornado. She and associate professor Joseph …

University of Alabama Studying Oklahoma Tornado

Researchers from the University of Alabama are part of a team studying the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., last month. Experts from six schools were part of a group that went to the city to assess damage from the …

University of Alabama Launches Cyber Threat Detection Company

In a private-public partnership, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has launched Malcovery, an intelligence company specializing in cyber threat detection, to help businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks. Malcovery uses patented forensic technology to identify the source and nature …

Greater Accident Risk for Senior Drivers With Pets in Car

Senior drivers who always take a pet in the car are at increased risk for being involved in a motor vehicle collision, said University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers. In a study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention on …

Thanksgiving Driving Patterns Increase Risk for Fatal Crashes

Thanksgiving often means more food for Americans, but it also means more traffic on the road that brings a greater chance for fatal crashes, according to a recent study of traffic data by The University of Alabama Center for Advanced …