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Explain important technological advances of the Renaissance era. Explain important technological advances of the Renaissance era.

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Since a number of people have already mentioned the printing press (which would also definitely be my own # 1 choice), let me put in a good (and somewhat whimsical) word here for the flush toilet.  Supposedly the first of these was invented in the late 1590s by Sir John Harington for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I of England. There seems no need to elaborate on the usefulness of this invention; simply try to imagine modern life (especially in a large city or skyscraper) without it.  It's easy to take these kinds of inventions for granted, but I think we can all feel grateful to good old Sir John (no pun intended).

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From the 14th to the 16th centuries, science and technology burgeoned, leading to technological advancements in architecture, painting and--as is much heralded--printing, to name the top few. Printing--well, we all know what it did--painting surged to new levels as linear perspective was developed and architecture put forth new appearance as new domes and fortification...

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