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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 plane about the length and width of a car propels itself by electrifying air molecules to create an ionic wind.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Heat-tolerant prehistoric enzymes might help produce valuable chemicals and biofuels.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Results from a new survey reveal cultural differences in whom participants prefer to be spared in fatal accidents.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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

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