The 50 Best Inventions of 2010

Flying cars! Jet packs! Lasers that zap malaria-carrying mosquitoes! Here are the year’s biggest (and coolest) breakthroughs in science, technology and the arts

dekPeter James Field for TIME

We asked pandora founder Tim Westergren for his favorite musical invention:

‘I recently discovered the iRealBook iPhone application. The app contains bass, drum and piano tracks for all the jazz standards. It’s the perfect technology for a practicing musician: high-quality digital audio, mixable, transposable into any key and completely mobile. Now every aspiring musician has a backup band in their pocket. Man, I would have killed for this back in the woodshed days.’

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