China invented paper, printing, the compass and the seismograph. China was among the first to harness fossil fuels and map the stars. And then, about 500 years ago, it lost its innovative edge. Now China hopes once again to lead the world in creativity. In this five-part series, The World’s Asia Correspondent Mary Kay Magistad examines the history of Chinese innovation. Winner of a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism.