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The year you were born, Arthur D. Little wrote about how innovations in areas such as food packaging and steam power were changing everyday life.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
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