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Universities partner with NASA to boost space exploration

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The University of Alabama and Auburn University are collaborating with NASA on future technologies that could aid space exploration. Officials from both universities and representatives of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville signed new Space Act Agreements to kick off the partnerships. [caption...

Written by Dawn Azok

HudsonAlpha acts as catalyst for Alabama bioscience growth

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – From world-class researchers to worried parents, people across all walks of life are finding answers at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. [caption id="attachment_2742" align="alignright" width="300"] HudsonAlpha is a major player in Alabama's bioscience sector.[/caption] Set on 152 acres in Huntsville’s Cummings Research...

Written by Dawn Azok

Analysis: Boeing Alabama impact reaches $2.3 billion

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Boeing Co.’s impact on the Alabama economy totals $2.3 billion a year, according to a new analysis that highlights how the aerospace giant supports a highly skilled, technical workforce in the state. The University of Alabama study found that Boeing’s presence in the state...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Pizitz project providing lift to Birmingham tech community

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A new downtown Birmingham development that mixes residential and office space with innovative food offerings and a community gathering spot is poised to become another boost for the city’s thriving tech sector. Bayer Properties’ $66 million redevelopment of the historic Pizitz...

Written by Dawn Azok

NASA Marshall readies Test Stand 4697 for extreme SLS tests (video)

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Workers have completed the construction of a critical test stand at Marshall Space Flight Center that will be used by NASA engineers to push the limits of the fuel tanks for the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad entrepreneurship program expands reach

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FLORENCE, Alabama – Alabama Launchpad, a business plan competition that has helped turn dreams into reality for entrepreneurs and innovators across Alabama, is expanding. The Shoals area will be the first regional site for Launchpad, which was started by the Economic Development Partnership of...

Written by Dawn Azok

Funding wave boosts Birmingham tech startup scene

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Entrepreneurs and innovators are getting noticed for their work in Birmingham, attracting millions of dollars in new investment for their technology-based startups. In recent months, there have been at least three major funding announcements involving local firms: On-demand grocery delivery service Shipt announced this...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama-made Atlas V rockets to lift NASA to asteroid, Mars

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Alabama-made Atlas V rockets will launch a NASA spacecraft on a dramatic mission to rendezvous with an asteroid and later send Mars 2020, the space agency’s next-generation robotic rover, to the Red Planet. [caption id="attachment_15359" align="alignright" width="300"] NASA conducts tests on an Atlas V...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Innovation Awards honor success stories across state

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Companies across Alabama, including medical researchers, shipbuilders and a media mogul, are being honored for their commitment to innovation. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama will present the 2016 Alabama Innovation Awards during the sixth annual Alabama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham. All...

Written by Dawn Azok

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