Industry Market Trends

Impact Investing Will Make a Difference

October 18, 2013

investThere is much debate as to whether corporate social responsibility and environmental conscientiousness are beneficial to the financial bottom line. Yet for all the talk about brand loyalty and measuring expenses versus sales, there is one potential benefit to CSR that is often overlooked -- strategic investments. There is an entire industry emerging, variously called socially conscious investing or impact investing that supports businesses that not only meet financial objectives, but social or environmental objectives as well.  Read More

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From Engineering.com: Self-Assembling Cube Robots

October 18, 2013

In this week's episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Vince Penman and Dan Hedges discuss DARPA's galloping robot, self-assembling cube robots, jellyfish-killing robots, neutron microscope, an inflatable concert hall, and merry-go-round power. Read More

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AMT Viewpoint: European-Style Vocational Training Can Work Here

October 18, 2013

Throughout the history of the world, people have been transferring their skills from one generation to the next through some form of apprenticeship. Over the past few decades, however, we in the U.S. have experienced a diminished ability to pass down legacy knowledge that is trade specific in manufacturing, and some might say that, as a result, we’ve lost the will to conduct vocational training and education programs. Read More