What Will They Think Of Next?

Here's a TIME sampler of some of the more interesting new inventions from the 2000 crop

UNBREAKABLE BULB INVENTOR: GENERAL ELECTRIC Light bulbs last longer these days, that is, if you can get them into the socket before accidentally breaking their delicate shell. GE's Saf-T-Gard incandescent bulb is the first one that's completely shatterproof. Its Teflon coating means the glass may crack, but the pieces stay together.

BUILDING A BETTER BACKPACK INVENTORS: ED KOIS, DAVID GILMOUR, SCOTT CUMMINGS A few years ago, David Gilmour, 60, a patient with back problems, came to the office of physiatrist Ed Kois and told him he wanted to climb a mountain. Kois told Gilmour he was crazy, but Kois, Gilmour and...

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