What was the most important engineering breakthrough of the past 120 year? And why did you chosed your answer,please answer wisely.Lets learn.
Clearly it's the Twitter machine.
I'd say the automobile, or maybe the microwave oven haha
both have helped lazy people the world over!
Well on ABC morning news they had this discussion. It was the internet. Without it we would be noobs
The internet is pretty important, for obvious reasons. I'd also like to add a couple.
Stem cell research.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Wasn't electricity discovered a lot earlier than 120 years though. So I would have to say Aviation! It's made our world local.
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.
Yeah, I saw that on the history channel or nationsl geographic. Pretty cool.
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.
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.. I kid, I kid. I'm down with all worldviews.
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.
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.
mmmm.... Fiber Optics, Ultrasound, Ipods, Internet, all involved with nursing has certainly came a long way.
For me definitely the combustion engine It was the start of travel as we know It now .
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?
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.
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.
Reliable electric motors - or we'd still be in the steam age!
i vote for handsoap, and the reaization that hygene is needed in hospitals.
by Dreamer at heart 10 years ago
Do you prefer science or history?
by Junior 8 years ago
Imagine a world without technology?Phones, t.v, radio etc. My life will be over without!
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