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Greatest scientific inventions

Greatest scientific inventions
Science Museum employee Katie Maggs holds a 19th century X-RAY tube during a photocall at the Science Museum in London, England. The Science Museum is celebrating a century of science with a public poll that has voted the X Ray machine as the most important invention of the last 100 years. (Getty Images)
Greatest scientific inventions
One of the 10 nominations for the greatest inventions, the Apollo 10 capsule is displayed at the Science Museum in London, England. The Science Museum is celebrating a century of science with a public poll that has voted the X Ray machine as the most important invention of the last 100 years. (Getty Images)
Greatest scientific inventions
One of the 10 nominations for the greatest inventions of the century, the Electric Telegraph, is displayed at the Science Museum in London, England. (Getty Images)
Greatest scientific inventions
One of the 10 nominations for the greatest inventions of the century, the Model T Ford, is displayed at the Science Museum in London. (Getty Images)
Greatest scientific inventions
A sample of penicillin, one of the nominees for the greatest invention, is displayed at the Science Museum in London, England. (Getty Images)
Greatest scientific inventions
One of the 10 nominations for the greatest inventions, the Stephenson's Rocket, is displayed at the Science Museum in London, England. (Getty Images)