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Innovations that shape our world

Since early humans first tended fires and sharpened spears, we’ve sought to apply our knowledge to shape the natural world to suit our needs. Here we chronicle the promise and pitfalls of this basic human drive in all its present day manifestations – from robots and AI to nanotechnology and materials to devices, transportation, engineering and manmade disasters.

Researchers produce smallest known radio frequency identification tags.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Get an inside look at a technology conference with buzzworthy tech trends.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Flash-and-freeze technique creates flipbook-like images of brain cells in action.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

A new model assesses the likelihood of a driverless car crash.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Nanostructure similar to moth eyes could help cut reflections on smartphone screens.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

A simple idea based on a high school experiment could be a warning signal ahead of a nuclear meltdown.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Take a look inside a fully immersive virtual reality chamber.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

New health-monitoring textiles and devices may help newborns and firefighters.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

A pressure sensor printed directly on a hand is a step toward new biomedical devices, "on the fly" wearable technology, and more.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

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