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    Price of Progress

    Ever since the invention of the wheel, humans have continued to seek other ways to change and rearrange the world around them. Humans built castles and siege machines, humans discovered penicillin and mustard gas, humans even learned how to harness the power of the atom to light the same cities they then annihilate with a single bomb. For every step humans have taken to innovate the world and their society, they have left a deep footprint. In humanity's will to dominate everything around them they have often forgotten to consider the consequences. Follow our new series Price of Progress to see how humanity's quest for advancement has impacted society and the planet Earth.

    Explosion
    10:00 GMT 19 February 2015
    • Ammunition, Europe
      Last update: 10:00 GMT 20.02.2015
      10:00 GMT 20.02.2015

      The Birth and Rise of Military Society and Technology

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Cars drive along a bridge after snowfall in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous region, November 28, 2014
      Last update: 17:13 GMT 18.02.2015
      17:13 GMT 18.02.2015

      The Automobile-Centric Culture

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Homeless squatters sit near a fire to keep away the cold early in the morning in Johannesburg
      Last update: 18:27 GMT 17.02.2015
      18:27 GMT 17.02.2015

      Age of Discovery – Age of Exploitation

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • BP's Grangemouth oil refinery
      Last update: 16:35 GMT 16.02.2015
      16:35 GMT 16.02.2015

      Industrial Revolution – Progress Through Pollution and Exploitation

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Mysterious cellphone interceptor towers have been spotted around the Capitol in the United States
      Last update: 10:00 GMT 13.02.2015
      10:00 GMT 13.02.2015

      Internet and Gadgets – Interconnected Isolation

      The environment is not the only thing that’s changing with progress. Society does not exist in a vacuum – it’s based firmly in the reality of everyday life. In today’s life we are increasingly reliant on technology – and not just any technology, but digital interconnected devices.

      Price of Progress
    • North Sea countries developing renewable energy network
      Last update: 10:00 GMT 12.02.2015
      10:00 GMT 12.02.2015

      Sustainable Development – Realistic Future or Pipe Dream?

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Globalization and Robotics – the New Era of Division of Labor
      Last update: 10:00 GMT 11.02.2015
      10:00 GMT 11.02.2015

      Globalization and Robotics – the New Era of Division of Labor

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Nuclear power plant
      Last update: 17:55 GMT 10.02.2015
      17:55 GMT 10.02.2015

      The Treacherous Path of the Quest for Energy

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress
    • Высокие волны и непогода угрожают судам и людям от Индонезии до Филиппин
      Last update: 18:09 GMT 09.02.2015
      18:09 GMT 09.02.2015

      21st Century – The End of Carelessness?

      Humanity has come a long way. From the invention of the wheel to nanotechnology - humans have constantly strived to solve existing problems. But this coin has two sides, as new problems have arisen from those solutions.

      Price of Progress