UA tech incubator spawns innovative products

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Bomb-sniffing dogs used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan have become more effective thanks to research developed on the University of Alabama campus.

Inventor and chemist Rusty Sutterlin created a thermal-energy product that can be used in textiles to help keep body temperatures at a desired level. It can also be used to keep your coffee hot and your iced tea cold.

The material has been used in vests that the military puts on its bomb-sniffing dogs.

Sutterlin developed his product and other inventions at the University of Alabama's AIME Building, which houses a technology incubator that helps entrepreneurs develop new technologies and then bring those technologies to market.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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