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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.

Researchers take a step in that direction, developing an effective device that can both generate and store electricity using sugar.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

The 2-ton, 11-foot high tower of glass was first installed in 1859 and still guides ships today.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

A team of researchers developed solar cells and batteries that can be weaved into fabrics

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Nehemiah Mabry, a civil engineer and entrepreneur, promotes science and technology through art.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

A new handheld device makes eye exams accessible for billions of people who need it most.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

New microscope catches underwater corals fighting.

Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer

The winners of the chemistry prize developed ways to produce machines 1,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The winners of the chemistry prize hail from France, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Inside Science Staff

A safety system takes over only when the robots get super close.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

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