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.
Robotic bugs may someday help in search and rescue.
A new machine learning model can efficiently identify the distorted text many websites use to block bots.
Cryo-electron microscopy helps scientists see the structure of biomolecules down to each individual atom.
So-called cryo-electron microscopy can see the atoms of biological proteins in water.
Scientists and engineers are exploring many strategies to cut the energy that powers modern computing.