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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.

Even underground tests release whiffs of radioactive gases

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Scientists have developed the first synthetic cells that can reproduce themselves -- over and over.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

A special coating might one day repair ragged clothes with a little pressure, heat and water.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Material could form the backbone of foldable robots and moldable casts for broken bones.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

Scientists have invented a coating for the inside of bottles, so you can finally get out every last drop of whatever is inside

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

A solitary walker, Lord Voldemort, an erupting volcano and more are conjured from close-up pictures of materials.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

Scientists explore new ways to analyze classroom interactions with only video.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Computer program extrapolates video from a single image.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

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