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Technology: Time's Coolest Inventions 2004

Saw Sir Harold Evans yesterday at the Milken Institute give a lame talk on the history of American innovation. Time Mag's survey of current innovations and inventions is much cooler: Mini-cars, snow boats and other innovative forms of transportation; computerized shoes, strapless goggles and one amazing yacht; machines that perform tasks both dangerous and amusing; technologies that heal and help the body; technology that changes food, both inside and out; novel ways to put food on the table; the Jawbone, a device for preventing cell-phone static; audio flowers, a piston-driven watch and CD skin; a fire-supressant liquid that doesn't get anything wet; translucent concrete and a relaxation room you can take with you; new ways to keep your kids (and your house) clean and comfortable. <>