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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.

Cryo-electron microscopy helps scientists see the structure of biomolecules down to each individual atom.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

So-called cryo-electron microscopy can see the atoms of biological proteins in water.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

By wearing different self-folding exoskeletons, a robot can move, roll, float and glide.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Scientists and engineers are exploring many strategies to cut the energy that powers modern computing.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Using light to send digital data is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

New programmable fabric shares songs, videos, and your Facebook or Instagram page with anyone nearby.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Researchers produce smallest known radio frequency identification tags.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Get an inside look at a technology conference with buzzworthy tech trends.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Flash-and-freeze technique creates flipbook-like images of brain cells in action.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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