The 50 Best Inventions of 2009

From a rocket of the future to a $10 million lightbulb, here are TIME's picks for the best new gadgets and breakthrough ideas of the year

By Lisa Abend, Alex Altman, Theunis Bates, Gilbert Cruz, Andrea Dorfman, Charles Duerr, Laura Fitzpatrick, Andréa Ford, Sean Gregory, Lev Grossman, Peter Ha, Barbara Kiviat, Jeffrey Kluger, Krista Mahr, Coco Masters, Alice Park, Kate Pickert, Claire Suddath and Bryan Walsh More »

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