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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.

New fabrication technique using porous graphene may result in cheaper and better capacitors in the future.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

The 2018 Nobel Prize in chemistry will go to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter for research on enzymes, peptides and antibodies.

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

Image shows shadowy figures and barrels of radioactive waste.

For 75 years, scientists have been trying to devise a way to make a vast supply of radioactive and chemically dangerous waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation safe.

Valerie Brown, Contributor

With civility and democracy on the line, bots, trolls, and their hunters are waging a cat-and-mouse game on the internet.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Researchers discover that enzymes can be used to ward off the effects of damaging nerve agents.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

One hundred fifty years ago, scientists observed in light from the sun the first evidence of the inert gas.

Inside Science Staff

A new approach to prosthetic design allows for quick and easy fitting while keeping the costs low.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Physicists are exploring new ways to improve the accuracy of global clock networks essential to applications such as GPS.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Researchers examining the future of self-driving cars believe we can't expect to take our eyes off the road any time soon.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

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