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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.

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

Researchers have built a passive, solar-powered device that can harvest water straight out of the air.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Advances in GPS and remote detection of hidden military sites shift the strategic landscape.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

A corrective quartz plate could improve the focus of enormous X-ray generating machines.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

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