Time Magazine’s Major Articles Summary of Its November 28, 2011 Issue

The Best Inventions of 2011

Author Lev Grossman claims that Steve Jobs was not an inventor; he perfected and optimized the inventions of others. Most inventions today are the result of collaborative efforts in academic labs and corporate R&D departments rather than in some genius’ garage.

Here are a few examples of this year’s inventions:

The Malaria Vaccine – Still in its trial stages, Mosquirix is showing success in seven African countries where 780,000 persons die every year from the disease. It may be ready to market by 2015.

Laser Headlights – BMW has developed headlights that use lasers instead of the current LED bulbs. They consume half as much energy as LEDs and are pleasant to the eye.

Most Relaxing Song – The song “Weightless” has proven to reduce anxiety by 65% and slow heart rates by 35%. It induces sleep to the point that scientists caution drivers not to listen to it while behind the wheel.

The Light Field Camera – The camera uses a series of algorithms to let users refocus a picture after it is taken, long after the moment you captured has passed.

The Digital Assistant – Siri is the latest feature on Apple’s iPhone 4S. It acts as a personal assistant; it can send a text message, remind you to pick up your laundry or take dictation. Siri understands natural speech.

The Built-In Breathalizer – Sensors on steering wheels and ignition buttons measure a driver’s breath or skin to determine the blood-alcohol level. If it is above the 0.08% legal limit, the car will start but will not move.

The Fire Extinguisher Wand – An electrode designed to weaken and even eliminate flames by producing a flow of charged particles. It can limit the damage done by a fire and the water used to extinguish it.

Pre-emptive Policing – A computer program can predict what areas of the city are most at risk for future crimes and the times the crimes are most likely to occur.

These are just a few of the astounding inventions that have come to light in the year 2011.

Bits and Pieces of Time – 11/28/11

Newt Gingrich is back in the race; some pundits feel he could take the lead from Mitt Romney, emerging as the latest conservative alternative to the former Massachusetts governor.

America’s poverty-stricken families include those who have been thrust into poverty through an unanticipated job loss, illness, divorce or natural disaster. The poverty line is set at an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four. Over 46 million Americans live in poverty according to this standard.

Medical scientists now state that 40% of patients diagnosed as vegetative may be minimally conscious and unable to communicate their needs to caregivers who may have given up on the patient’s ability to be aware of his/her surroundings.

A profile of Chelsea Handler explains her popularity with the public and her rise to fame so quickly. Along with her TV show Chelsea Lately, she has had four NY Times best-selling books and has had several cameo roles in movies, all of which allows her a private plane, a 5 million dollar house, a Bentley automobile, and a staff of 250 people.

Source: Time Magazine’s Issue of November 28, 2011

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