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.
Early research suggests virus can protect rodents without negative side effects.
Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight.
New design is able to stabilize itself.
The lightweight sheets could combine hundreds of vibrating components to create tactile sensations.
Scientists found that some early commercial lithium batteries held up pretty well after about 35 years in storage.