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Museum shows great inventions

THE Science Museum in London is displaying what it feels are the 10 greatest scientific inventions in human history to mark its centenary on June 26.

It chose the steam engine, the X-ray machine, the electric telegraph, the DNA double helix, Stephenson's Rocket train, the Apollo 10 rocket capsule, the Model T Ford car and the Pilot ACE computer among its best objects. The V2 German rocket engine and penicillin also made the top 10.

"We have selected these 10 objects because they are hugely significant in world history and (because of) the impact they had on how we live our lives today," said the museum's chief curator Tim Boon.

The public will be asked to vote for their favorites.

Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, said he would vote for the V2 rocket engine.

"It's one of the greatest achievements of our time because it led to space exploration, and then satellite development, which then led to mobile phones and the astounding communication services we enjoy today," he said.


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