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From Engineering.com: Self-Assembling Cube Robots

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. text text [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnYGkmzBgPE[/youtube] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: PLM's Role in Service...

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Friday Focus: Tips on Working Past Retirement

Aging out of a job is apparently becoming passe', as more Americans continue to work beyond retirement age. Whether embarking on a new career or sticking with long-held positions, seasoned workers should follow certain strategies to achieve success, career experts advise. As previously reported, more Americans age 50 and older indicate that they delaying retirement longer than they expected. Some...

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AMT Viewpoint: European-Style Vocational Training Can Work Here

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...

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Light Friday: 8 Mental Illnesses Caused by the Internet

Plus: Robots and Booze -- Together at Last Metallic Makeup Lets You Control Devices Japanese Create Radiation-Proof Swimwear A Dose of Pun If you think the Internet and related technologies are driving people crazy, you are more right than you know. Psychologists have cataloged and named eight official mental illnesses brought on by our mobile and virtually connected world, according to TechHive....

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Industrial Espionage Threats to SMEs Originate from Within

The former president of a transportation company in Texas was sentenced in federal court last month to five years in prison for hacking into his former employer's computer network and stealing proprietary business information he intended to use for his start-up. The case underscores the fact that much like major corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are targets for industrial...

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Career Spotlight: J.P. Purswell, Industrial Engineer

Over the course of his career, J.P. Purswell has been committed to industrial engineering as a professional and an educator -- and stresses that safety comes first. On the factory floor and as vice president of Purswell & Purswell, Engineering & Ergonomics, Inc., he consults with manufacturers on ergonomics, safety engineering, and the best practices for compliance with OSHA...

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Does Norway's Dropped CCS Project Spell Doom for Carbon Capture?

Norway once trumpeted its ambitious project to capture carbon dioxide at a large utility plant as a technological achievement on par with a lunar landing, but environmental activists there now dub it a "crash landing.' "One of the ugliest political crash landings we have ever seen," Frederic Hauge of the Norwegian environmental group Bellona said about the demise of the project at Mongstad and...

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NAM: Shutdown Deal Is Only Short-Term Solution

Manufacturers tempered their relief about the end of the 16-day government shutdown and debt-ceiling dispute with grave concerns that the nation faces a repeat performance of the political showdown. "Today's agreement avoided the immediate economic catastrophe, but President Obama and Congress have done nothing to address the underlying causes of our serous fiscal problems," Jay Timmons,...

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When CSR Battles the Bottom Line, the Bottom Line Wins

For several years now we've been hearing about American businesses rushing to embrace sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Hardly a day goes by that some manufacturer isn't touting its latest socially responsible act, whether it's donating money to charity, building a greener factory, or giving away products to the poor. Tucked inside most of these altruistic stories is...

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Manual Labor Poses Hurdle for Packaging Equipment Industry in Developing World

Worldwide demand for packaging equipment is expected to escalate in emerging markets. However, the market for end-of-line machinery will likely be softened by the abundance of manual labor.  The packaging equipment industry can anticipate growth spurts of 4.6 percent a year through 2017, translating into a $41.8 billion international market, according to a report by The Freedonia Group Inc....

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