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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Fifty innovations that changed the last 50 years...
This Saturday an exhibition at Birmingham's new museum of science and technology aka Thinktank will display what it believes are the 50 things that have most affected our lives in the last 50 years. What do you think?
1952 First fare paying passengers in a jet airliner
1953 CinemaScope
1954 TV dinner
1955 Non-stick saucepan
1956 TV remote control
1957 Sputnik carries the first living creature into space
1958 Ultrasonic image of unborn child
1959 Mini rolls off the production line
1960 Implanted pacemaker
1961 The Pill goes on the market in the UK
1962 TV satellite relays live pictures
1963 Cassette tape and birth of portable music machines
1964 Home kidney dialysis
1965 Packet switching - essential for the internet
1966 Satellite provides the first whole-earth viewing of the weather
1967 Breathalyser used on drivers
1968 First supersonic airliner, the Soviet T-144
1969 Moon landing
1970 Watches with liquid crystal displays go on sale
1971 CAT scan
1972 Pocket calculator
1973 Cars with airbags
1974 Barcodes on supermarket products
1975 Birth of the home computer
1976 VHS and Betamax
1977 Maiden voyage of space shuttle
1978 Birth of Louise Brown, baby conceived by IVF
1979 Graphical-user interface developed
1980 Ghetto blaster and Sony Walkman
1981 Compact discs on sale
1982 Video keyhole surgery
1983 Synthetic human insulin cleared for sale
1984 DNA fingerprint
1985 First registered dotcom
1986 Laptop computer
1987 Prozac goes on to market
1988 First internet worm unleashed, disabling 10% of computers on the fledgling network
1989 Toaster becomes the first machine to be controlled over the internet
1990 First gene therapy, on a four-year-old girl with an immune system disorder
1991 Internet browser developed
1992 Text messaging
1993 Global Positioning Satellites
1994 Genetically modified tomatoes
1995 Toy Story is the first entirely computer generated feature film
1996 'Deep field' photographs of our universe show how it looked 10 billion years ago
1997 Dolly the sheep is the first mammal cloned from an adult cell
1998 First section of the international space station launched
1999 Electronic, reusable paper invented
2000 Scientists discover how to remove genes from pigs, paving the way for xenotransplants
2001 Microchips inserted into the damaged retinas of three blind men to restore their sight
2002 Iris scanners installed at airports for security

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