One of the world’s most closely monitored experiments recently yielded its initial findings. The results, made public April 11, were made possible, in part, by three University of Alabama scientists who developed one of the primary sets of code used in key portions of the internationally-known effort’s computer analysis.
The 2004 Sumatra tsunami that killed some 280,000 people along opposite shores of the Indian Ocean was one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. It may also prove to be a great teacher, says Dr. Timothy Masterlark, a University of Alabama geologist who was among the first to survey the origin of the massive, tsunami-triggering earthquake, deep beneath the Indian Ocean.
Call it what you want – ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, physical computing, tangible media – but patent applications now making their way through the approval process could mean big things for The University of Alabama and its M.B.A./M.S. dual degree program for Enterprise Consulting and the computer-based honors program.
A University of Alabama geochemist, in conjunction with industrial partners, is developing and testing a method to prevent arsenic at contaminated sites from leaching, or filtering, through the soil and into drinking water supplies. Central to its effectiveness is, oddly enough, rust.
From national security issues, to high oil prices, to environmental impacts, reasons for the growing search for alternative energy sources are broad-based. Now, a national security laboratory, with an assist from a University of Alabama engineer, is using what appear to be giant, steel traffic cones to try and turn nuclear fusion into a realistic energy alternative.
Dr. Hideo Fujiwara, a University of Alabama physicist, has sung the praises of the campus’ information storage research center to some of the world’s biggest electronic names, but he can frequently be heard singing a different tune.