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 have developed unique gaits for rovers to prevent them from getting stuck in deep sand or soil.
Someday, such supports could allow meat in the lab to grow from tiny hamburger-nuggets into something more like steak.
When Tasmanian devils flourish, so do the small mammals preyed upon by feral cats.
In North America, water companies may lose up to 50% of water before it ever reaches customers.