What was the most important engineering breakthrough of the past 120 year?

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  1. accofranco profile image80
    accofrancoposted 14 years ago

    What was the most important engineering breakthrough of the past 120 year? And why did you chosed your answer,please answer wisely.Lets learn.

    1. mekoahh profile image60
      mekoahhposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think is the fibre optic cable. It has changed telecommunications.

  2. bill komissaroff profile image75
    bill komissaroffposted 14 years ago

    Clearly it's the Twitter machine.

  3. Junkster profile image59
    Junksterposted 14 years ago

    I'd say the automobile, or maybe the microwave oven haha

    both have helped lazy people the world over! smile

  4. rlakies profile image61
    rlakiesposted 14 years ago

    Well on ABC morning news they had this discussion.  It was the internet.  Without it we would be noobs tongue

  5. WHoArtNow profile image82
    WHoArtNowposted 14 years ago

    The internet is pretty important, for obvious reasons. I'd also like to add a couple.

    Space travel.
    Stem cell research.
    The car.
    The Jet.
    Nuclear Power.
    The Helicopter.

    The list could go on. I don't think you could make a list where everyone agrees either, because some things have impacted more or less on others lives.

  6. Paraglider profile image88
    Paragliderposted 14 years ago

    The thermionic valve, or vacuum tube. This device made Wireless (radio) possible, and later TV and even the first computers. The whole semiconductor revolution which led to PCs and the Internet rides on the coat tails of the elder statesman, Thermionics!

  7. accofranco profile image80
    accofrancoposted 14 years ago

    Nice contribution from u wonderful guys.Stem cell and human cloning,computer and robotics,rockets and comworld,i will continue to update,keep commenting,science and tech are the backbone of the earth.

  8. RKHenry profile image65
    RKHenryposted 14 years ago

    With so many to choose from, how can anyone really decide?  It seems that each invention, each idea, each contribution, just leads to a better one around the corner.  Whereas I agree with all of the above mentioned- I have a friend who is a real science/tech freak.  He told me about the possibility, of harnessing live human viruses into ipod batteries for energy.   So I went online to my sciencenews.com website and sure enough, he was right.

    Here is an excerpt of what they said:

            "A computer virus won’t help your laptop work — but a biological virus could. Tweaking their genes just so could engineer viruses for making the rechargeable lithium ion batteries that power devices such as laptops, iPods and cell phones, researchers report online April 2 in Science."

    Everyday, the world gets even more interesting.

  9. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
    GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years ago

    120 years is a lot of ground to cover...we've gotten better and faster at making new breakthroughs as time has gone on.

    I'm down with what most people have said here.

    I'd also raise three, more specifically to technology:

    RISC architecture (PowerPC, your X-Box, PS3, cellphones, etc.)

    The Qubit and Quantum Computing

    And.."clockless processing"



  10. accofranco profile image80
    accofrancoposted 14 years ago

    Guys i think the answer to this question is "electricity" because without it every other invention is dumb and useless,think about it.But whoever that discovers the cure to HIV/AIDS should take the lead.

  11. profile image0
    Wadey101mposted 14 years ago

    Wasn't electricity discovered a lot earlier than 120 years though. So I would have to say Aviation! It's made our world local.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Some of the Egyptians most likely used a battery and an early form incandescent light bulb when working in some of the Pyramids. They learned to use acidic fruit juice and pour it into what is known as a "baghdad" battery. Granted no ones ever seen the light bulbs, but there are clues in the murals on the walls.

      Not to mention in many of the pyramids there just simply is not enough oxygen to keep fire going.


      1. RKHenry profile image65
        RKHenryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I saw that on the history channel or nationsl geographic.  Pretty cool.

        1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
          GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          History, probably. They did a show on "Ancient Aliens." It was good, but not much that I myself had not heard before. Then again, I do listen to Coast to Coast AM. I love crazy topics, gives you a chance to step out of your skin.

          1. tony0724 profile image59
            tony0724posted 14 years agoin reply to this
  12. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
    GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years ago

    Almost is always a good thing.

    But, consider...we know the Egyptians harnessed electricity. They made little metal icons that were basically planes. Across the world Pyramids have been built, though, with different designs. Are we to believe the probability that human nature was attracted to a pyramid?

    And then...why are there giant mounds and the like that are only visible from the air? Who are they for? 'cause they weren't for the people who made them, unless they had flying machines.

    Just a few thoughts. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? Yes. Is it likely? Well, thats another question..and now I'm just splitting hairs.



    Ever heard of the Drake Equation?

    Its a mathematics formula that gives us a rough view on how many planets there are that are being populated by "advanced" civilizations at one time. Its never a question of "if" there is life out there, its always a question of "when" we will find it.

    Unless of course you're an ardent creationist. But, thats your problem, not mine.. wink I kid, I kid. I'm down with all worldviews.

    1. RKHenry profile image65
      RKHenryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      When you fly over Peru, it makes you wonder who were they working for!  But I'm not a theorist.  I dig for solid concrete facts, not conspiracy theories.  A person can lose themselves to that ***p!  When you start addressing the world through the looking glass of a theorist, you miss what's right in front of you.  Or at least that's been my experience wondering through the fantastic world of history.smile

      1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
        GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        You're absolutely right...many people become naive. Like those who think 9/11 was staged. (They're just using it as a coping mechanism) But consider that "conspiracy theorism" is good journalism when done well. People connect dots that are not readily apparent.

        As a student of history, have you ever seen how "hard news" used to dominate our radio airwaves and television? Now we get sound bytes. We're told this, than that, and they don't bother to tell you why they correlate. We're left to come up with the why ourselves.

        This is why I love the Wall Street Journal. People think its purely for economists, but they have a lot of good articles on many different subjects. We live in a capitalistic society, after all.

        One neat thing they do is have an "overview" on the front page of all of the articles they have. And during the course of your reading, they'll tell you to reference another article...and soon, you begin to see the bigger picture.

        Don't be afraid of the word "conspiracy" all it means is to "conspire," to act in secret in concert. Conspiracies do after all, exist. You've the JFK murder (and if you think it was Lee Harvy, you have a fair chance of getting some of the facts..but Kennedy was shot before the grassy knoll as seen by the original Zapruder film. When the CIA and Warren Commision took it to use it as evidence it came back to the owner missing a few seconds. Apparently we are to believe people who dealt with projector technology accidentally "fudged" up a key part of the puzzle and they had to edit it out and splice the video back together. You've never seen the original film.)

        Watergate, Monica Lewenski, the Revolutionary War, and so many other things.



        Its probable that the projector did indeed just fudge up the film. But do you want to think the CIA was dumb enough to screw up the only known film that could hold the key to solving the murder? In my experience, while this can happen, its rarely the case.

  13. hnyaji profile image61
    hnyajiposted 14 years ago


  14. AEvans profile image75
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    mmmm.... Fiber Optics, Ultrasound, Ipods, Internet, all involved with nursing has certainly came a long way.smile

  15. tony0724 profile image59
    tony0724posted 14 years ago

    For me definitely the combustion engine It was the start of travel as we know It now .

  16. Apepperson profile image60
    Apeppersonposted 14 years ago

    Without a doubt, the Internet is cool and all the other suggestions have merit, but if we're being real here...the Leatherman Tool is by far the best invention of the last 20 years or so. Where would I be without mine?

  17. The Phil profile image61
    The Philposted 14 years ago

    Google search engine

    It's saved my a$$ on many occasions

  18. Greek One profile image64
    Greek Oneposted 13 years ago

    two ply soft toilet paper

  19. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    I don't know, but I have high regards to the inventors of my pacemaker/defibrillator and Australian abdominal stent for my aorta. Bot have saved my life.

  20. profile image0
    zampanoposted 13 years ago

    I'm happy you're with us ralwus

    It might look like a joke but we'll have to consider
    the tefal coating for frying pans.
    This is an enormous achievement that you can fry some eggs with minimum fat without them sticking to the pan's bottom.

    1. profile image0
      ralwusposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, and good cooks don't need them. LOL I don't for the fumes from it may harm my parrot and lil Peety the parakeet.

  21. bigmikeh profile image71
    bigmikehposted 13 years ago

    Reliable electric motors - or we'd still be in the steam age!

  22. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 13 years ago

    the PC - for without it we cannot be hubbers

  23. profile image0
    rednckwmnposted 13 years ago

    i vote for handsoap, and the reaization that hygene is needed in hospitals.


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