Time Names Top 50 Inventions of 2008Time Magazine has gone through all of the inventions of 2008, from walking chairs to spaghetti forks, and declared to best 50 of the year (and of course, a winner, which was this at-home genetic testing service by 23andMe). Many of their choices are predictable, like the Large Hadron Collider. Some are easy to overlook, like the Global Seed Vault. And others are straight-up controversial, like the baseball instant replay or the game Spore. Time has the full list on their site, but it's divided into 50 different pages. So we've condensed it into easy list form:
Time Top 50 Inventions 2008 1. The Retail DNA Test 2. The Tesla Roadster 3. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter 4. Hulu.com 5. The Large Hadron Collider 6. The Global Seed Vault 7. The Chevy Volt 8. Bullets That Shoot Bullets 9. The Orbital Internet 10. The World's Fastest Computer 11. Green Crude 12. Housing Funds 13. The Memristor 14. The Bionic Hand 15. The Direct-to-Web Supervilian Musical 16. The Dynamic Tower 17. The Mobile, Dexterous, Social Robot 18. The New Mars Rover 19. Montreal's Public Bike System 20. The Everything Game 21. The Synthetic Organism 22. The Shadowless Skyscraper 23. The Branded Candidate 24. Bionic Contacts 25. Thin-Film Solar Panels 26. The Speedo LZR Racer 27. Bubble Photography 28. The Invisibility Cloak 29. The 46th Mersenne Prime 30. The Internet of Things 31. Einstein's Fridge 32. Facebook for Spies 33. Biochemical Energy Harvester 34. Made-in-Transit Packaging 35. Airborne Wind Power 36. The New Ping-Pong Serve 37. Smog-Eating Cement 38. The Baseball Instant Replay 39. Enhanced Fingerprints 40. The Seven New Deadly Sins 41. The Peraves MonoTracer 42. Disenvoweling 43. High-Tech Running Shoes 44. Sunscreen for Plants 45. The Short Refinance 46. Aptera Electric Car 47. Google's Floating Data Center 48. The Time Eater Clock 49. Sound-Enhanced Food 50. A Camera for the Blind
Read the reasoning behind the decisions over at Time. [Time]