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You’re reading this on your desktop/laptop/tablet/phone, most likely in a durable building, wearing insulating clothing (I hope), maybe eating some refrigerated food. At the same time, any number of other technological marvels work to keep you safe/comfortable/happy/healthy, and this all makes it crystal clear that the one area in which humanity reigns supreme is invention. We’re not the fastest, strongest, hardiest, or most numerous species, but we are the best at dreaming up ways to make life more livable. In 10,000 years — a blink of the eye in a planetary timescale- we’ve gone from chasing mammoths with sticks to drones delivering cookies. As hard as it is to believe, human inventions are even more important than delivered cookies, those inventions that changed us and our world tremendously, and here are 10 of the best.

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