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 plane about the length and width of a car propels itself by electrifying air molecules to create an ionic wind.
Heat-tolerant prehistoric enzymes might help produce valuable chemicals and biofuels.
New fabrication technique using porous graphene may result in cheaper and better capacitors in the future.
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.