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Technology: The 2005 Breakthrough Awards (Popular Mechanics)

"It must have been impossible, in the early years of Popular Mechanics, to imagine that the pace of innovation could be maintained: Aviation, wireless communication, modern physics--all the cornerstones of a new world--were being born at once. Yet, today change comes exponentially faster. The breakthroughs recognized here were chosen after four months of research, hundreds of interviews, and consultation with a top-flight panel of advisers created for the purpose. Together, these advances promise to transform energy production, empower the disabled and open new realms of exploration. Some of the innovations are already saving lives; others will enhance them. The future is sooner than you think." -- from the website. <>