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A Fishy Invention

TIME's editors must be watching too many mad-scientist movies if they consider genetically engineered salmon among "The 50 Best Inventions of the Year" ["Nov...

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A Fishy Invention TIME's editors must be watching too many mad-scientist movies if they consider genetically engineered salmon among "The 50 Best Inventions...

The 50 Best Inventions Of the Year

BEST WAY TO RECYCLE A CAR NO. 1 NeoNurture Incubator The genius of the NeoNurture incubator, developed by university students in the U.S., is that it employs an...

Eureka!

Invention is a hedge against anonymity; make something that matters and you can live forever. Hans Geiger and his counter, Samuel Morse and his code,...

Lights, Camera ... Edison!

Toward the end of MGM's 1940 biopic Edison, the Man, starring Spencer Tracy, an honor roll of Thomas Edison's achievements marches onto the screen: Fluoroscope!...

Expo Fever Mixed with Disillusion in Shanghai

The rest of the world is gearing up for a certain heavily anticipated sporting event, but Shanghai could care less: Five weeks after the World Expo opened, the...

Revolution in a Pill.

Of the momentous inventions of the 20th century — television, the microchip, the Internet, to name a few — none affects us so intimately as the birth control...

Clash of the Titans: A Hit from a Myth

Like the wailing of the Stygian witches, the critical cry has arisen against Clash of the Titans. This mythological epic, starring Avatar's Sam Worthington as...

The Plot to Take On The iPhone

A few weeks ago, Jon Rubinstein was booking up the side of Mount Tamalpais in Northern California while I wheezed like a steam engine in his wake. This was...

Little Wonders: Three Netbooks Worth Owning

Compared to your average laptop, netbooks lack specs appeal. These lightweights pack puny processors and tiny screens. But that's exactly what makes the...

A Brief History of High-Speed Rail

Like soccer and fresh bread, Americans have long viewed train travel as something that other countries simply do better. But thanks to President Barack Obama's...

Internet Pirates Face Walking the Plank in Sweden

A criminal trial underway in Sweden is testing a very American notion: that artifacts that carry a copyright should not simply be lifted or stolen — that their...

The Consumer Electronics Show: Tom Hanks, 3-D TVs

Tom Hanks was not sticking to the script. Called up to the stage by Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer during the keynote speech on the opening day of the Consumer...

#5 Zhang Yimou

On the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008, 2 billion TV viewers and thousands in attendance in the now famous Bird's Nest were treated to an unforgettable...

A Brief History of Safe Sex

It's been exactly 15 years since the FDA first approved the "female condom," but it still hasn't found its niche, except perhaps in the sex trade. While...

Battle of the Fake Bands

In the beginning--that is, November 2005--there was a video game called Guitar Hero, in which players jammed on a fake plastic guitar along with real rock songs...

The Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was sure his creation would help bring about the end of war. "When two armies of equal strength can annihilate each other...

And the Best Invention Is ... ?

In naming the iPhone the best invention of 2007, you forgot about Windows-based PDA phones ["Nov. 19"]. Touch interface? Big deal. As you noted, it's been done...