Innovation Nation

The growth and settlement of the U.S. population have been fostered by 10 key inventions, from rubber tires to the Remington rifle

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With the U.S. population expected to reach 300 million in the coming months, it seems a good time to ask, with apologies to David Byrne, "How did we get here?" What were the innovations, technologies, and inventions that enabled the settlement of a vast country and growth of a population that size? We set out to identify 10 innovations, large and small, that played parts in ways both plain and surprising.

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