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Alabama students blast off to victory in largest rocketry competition

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A team of students from Russellville won first place in the world’s largest rocketry competition, earning the right to represent the United States in an international fly-off at the Paris International Airshow in June. The RCS Engineers Rocketry Team beat out 100 competing teams...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards nomination deadline looms

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Nominations are open for the 2015 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, which recognize significant contributions to the state’s innovation economy. Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will accept nominations through May 17 for the annual awards. Winners will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance targets research breakthroughs

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Promising new therapies for debilitating diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s are stemming from drug discovery work taking place in Alabama research facilities – an effort that’s getting a $2 million infusion from two insurers. At the center of this high-potential research...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Made In Alabama’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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The holiday season is a perfect time to tap into the creativity and innovation of Alabama’s craftsmen and entrepreneurs. With that in mind, Made in Alabama is rolling out its second Holiday Gift Guide showcasing original homegrown products that are ideal for sharing with...

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Made-in-Alabama gift: Pens crafted from Bourbon barrels

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The handcrafted ink pens Joel Lockridge fashions in a small woodworking shop at his Birmingham area home are fueling a mini export boom from Alabama to parts all over the world. “I’ve now shipped to 27 countries and counting — some I’ve even had to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Robotics Technology Park ready for expansion (update)

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TANNER, Alabama – Construction work is beginning on an expansion at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RPT) that will add new capabilities to a facility that's already considered one of the world's most innovative training centers. A groundbreaking ceremony for the RTP's Integration, Entrepreneurial...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Emerging Alabama bioscience sector on display in Belgium

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The emerging Alabama bioscience sector is getting a close-up look in Belgium as part of a trade mission that aims to create opportunities for business connections, research partnerships, and new investment. Over the past two days, Alabama bioscience company leaders have...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama to promote bioscience sector on Europe trade mission

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will lead a business development and trade mission to Belgium and The Netherlands next week that showcases Alabama’s capabilities in bioscience and research. The Alabama delegation heading to Europe on the five-day mission beginning Monday is made...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘Bike No. 1’ goes to Barber museum as Motus Motorcycles begins production

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Motus Motorcycles founders Lee Conn and Brian Case spent nearly six years developing a dream bike that shredded speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August. Now, they’re ready to power through a production ramp-up that will prompt the company...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GKN Aerospace launches Alabama engineering design center

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TALLASSEE, Alabama – GKN Aerospace’s Alabama leadership joined state and local officials today to officially break ground on an addition to the company’s Tallassee facility that will house an engineering design center. U.K.-based GKN Aerospace announced the Alabama engineering design center at the Farnborough...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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