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Vote for the most iconic invention at London's Science Museum

By Julian Worker     Jun 11, 2009 in Science
Curators at the Science Museum in London, England, have picked ten of the most significant breakthroughs in history from the museum's collection and are asking you to vote for the most iconic of these inventions.
London’s Science Museum is celebrating its centenary. The museum has chosen ten objects from its collection that changed the future when they were invented. Visitors to the website and to the museum are being asked to vote for the most iconic of these inventions, which can be viewed at this website.
The 10 inventions are as follows:
1. The Steam Engine invented in 1712 by Thomas Newcomen set the Industrial Revolution in motion.
2. George Stephenson’s Rocket unveiled in 1829 was the world's first modern steam locomotive.
3. The Electric Telegraph patented by Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) and William Fothergill Cooke (1806-1879) in 1837 revolutionized communications so that people could keep in contact over large distances.
4. The X-Ray Machine allowed doctors to diagnose internal problems without recourse to surgery.
5. The Model T-Ford appeared in 1908 bringing motoring to the people and changing the manufacturing process forever.
6. Penicillin produced in 1928 was the first modern antibiotic and revolutionised the treatment of infectious diseases.
7. The V2 Rocket Engine was a weapon of war that led to the creation of the space race.
8. In 1950, the Pilot ACE Computer was the first computer that could multi-task and laid the foundation for today’s computer-driven society.
9. Using the DNA Double Helix Francis Crick and James Watson established DNA as the code for life on Earth.
10. The Apollo 10 Capsule that in 1969 carried three astronauts to the Moon and back, two months prior to the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon.
Voters can also add their own nomination for the most iconic invention. The winning invention will be announced in October.
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