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.
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.
Machine learning turbocharges the process of identifying molecules to test for bacteria-attacking properties.
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.