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Scientific American's Top 50 75

dptalia writes "It's that time of year again, where everyone is putting out their best of 2006 lists. Last week, Popular Science did it, and today, Scientific American has released their top 50 list. Of note are improvements in RFID technology, discoveries in nantechnology, and net neutrality."
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Scientific American's Top 50

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  • by Salvance ( 1014001 ) * on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:03PM (#16825014) Homepage Journal
    Even after reading the article, it's rather difficult to say what it is a top 50 of ... Scientific American calls it "Scientific American 50: Trends in Research, Business and Policy". What a mishmash. Looks like they originally wanted to have 3 top 50s and couldn't think of enough to fill all the slots, so threw what they had into one.
  • Item #51 (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:05PM (#16825034)
    Accomplishment #51: Building a robust enough server network to survive Slashdotting.
  • by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:15PM (#16825178) Homepage Journal
    ...why the Segway isn't on there. Wasn't the Segway supposed to the the "IT" that everyone was talking about? Hehehe.. I remember that when some rumours were leaked about what "IT" was, and the word transporter showed up, people started thinking transporter technology like on Star Trek. That WOULD have truly made it to this list, had it been the case. But it wasn't. However, considering how poorly the average American eats, and how fat those people are getting, I see a future industry for Segway. Imagine the day when Americans believe it's their right to enjoy the culinary delights of KFC, McDonalds, Burger King and the like and weigh 5000 pounds and have tons of health problems. To deny them the pleasures of these great dining experiences would rank up there with communism and gun control. So, Segway could then introduce the surgical leg replacements as most limbs would be unsuitable to move the typical American fatass. So people will voluntarily have their legs removed and replaced with industrial strength Segway devices so that they can easily maneuver their way into the next fast food joint down the street. ;P
  • by neurostar ( 578917 ) <neurostar@privo n . c om> on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:54PM (#16825770)

    Then we can have a poll of the top five, to let the readers decide which one is the top story of 2006.

    Why don't we just pick the top 5, and they can dupe them to get the top "10"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 13, 2006 @03:04PM (#16826816)
    I'm very disappointed that Dr Curt Conners didn't make the list in that section.

We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids? -- I. I. Rabi to the Atomic Energy Commission