Inventions of the Year

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The process of invention is an endless churn of activity that has little respect for the calendar. But in an effort to celebrate what has become a binge of industrial and scientific creativity around the world, the editors of TIME have locked the creative achievements of the year 2000 into freeze-frame and selected three Inventions of the Year. They are from the areas of CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL SCIENCE and BASIC INDUSTRY.

We define an invention as something new, created by human ingenuity. It is not a discovery of a natural phenomenon that already exists. It is not merely a product of...

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