Ideas of the Year

>What's that expression? Necessity is the mother of... Let’s just say 2010 has been a year of great necessity. Natural disasters, man-made disasters, bedbug plagues, political tsunamis (or was it monsoons?)—they all changed life in ways that demanded ingenious thinking. And whether by finding new uses for existing technologies, or devising novel solutions wholesale, smart minds dealt with this year’s challenges with that most effective of coping mechanisms: innovation.

 Here's a look at ten of the most remarkable ideas to have emerged in 2010.

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Benjamin F. Carlson is executive editor of The Atlantic Wire.

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