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Is U.S. Economic Growth a Thing of the Past?

The United States and economic growth have consistently gone hand in hand. The country’s history has consistently been accompanied by economic progress, and...

The 50 Best Inventions

Correction Appended: Nov. 18, 2011 REINVENTING THE INVENTOR In the age of Steve Jobs, it's all about perfecting the final product. Nobody remembers the guy who...

Reading While Eating For July 19: Bring the Funk

Today's links feature some funky inventions and some funky turns of phrase. Livin' on a Prayer: Learn more about a special mass for motorcyclists that takes...

The Most Amazing Inventions

Our annual roundup of the best new products and technological innovations prompted readers to share their excitement about the cool things that await them in the...

Best inventions 2005: Game Point

Sport Shades Inventor: Alan Reichow at Pacific University for Nike Availability: Now, $60 for box of six lenses. Purchase requires fitting by a professional;...

Best Inventions 2005: On The Move

Tunnel Vision Inventor: Fascinations Availability: Now, $20, plus $3 for 25 live ants To Learn More: fascinations.com Want a low-maintenance pet that won't...

Best Inventions 2005: Focus Points

Cheap Movies Inventor: Pure Digital Technologies Availability: Now, at CVS and Rite Aid; $30 plus $13 for processing Now you can immortalize special...

Best Inventions 2005: Up and Away

Training Wheels Inventor: Scott Shim, Matt Grossman and Ryan Lightbody Availability: In late 2006; $100 To Learn More: designapkin.com Learning to ride a...

Best Inventions 2005: Thin Skins

The Right Touch Inventor: Takao Someya Availability: Prototype only To Learn More: www.ntech.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp The key to making artificially intelligent...

Best Inventions 2005: Live Wires

A Rope That Knows Inventor: Squid Labs Availability: Prototype only To Learn More: squid-labs.com As any fire fighter or rock climber can tell you, a...

Best Inventions 2005: Home Runs

Formfitting Inventor: Rikiya Fukuda Availability: Prototype only To Learn More: snipurl.com/jp3h (Japanese only) A door that fits like a glove? This one...

Best Inventions 2005: Roll With It

Airing It Out Inventor: Michelin Availability: Now for the IBOT; about 2020 for cars To Learn More: michelinman.com A wheel without an inflated tire may...

Our Search for Amazing Inventions

Being an inventor has never been easy -- just ask anyone who's spent a lifetime chasing the next great brainstorm. But when you dream up something truly grand,...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Safety Net

BUG BARRIER Dangerous malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Africa have a new foe: the next-generation Olyset bed net, which is made of a durable plastic weave...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Cook Smart

SQUARE MEALS It's a cook's nightmare: you make a beautiful cake or lasagna and then struggle so hard to wriggle a piece out of the pan, it looks like a collapsed...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Fire Fighter

SPLASHING It looks like water. It pours, flows and sloshes like water. But it doesn't get things wet. Its name is 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, and its...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Over Board

DREAM BOAT The world's fastest yacht with a single hull is a 140-ft. carbon-fiber wonder. With two 148ft. masts and five sails, the silver-colored Mari-Cha IV,...