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.
The innovation could one day help marine biologists eavesdrop on whales and equip submarines with more sensitive sonar.
Some of the so-called “hygrobots” can spontaneously advance across a wet surface.
Researchers are learning how to train pilots for the unexpected.
Scientists are training computers to help us stop asteroids from crashing into our planet.
An inexpensive handheld sensor may simplify testing for pesticides on fruits and vegetables – but won’t replace government monitoring.
Measuring sleep cycles no longer requires complex instruments and a lab.