The 1990s was a decade or rapid technological growth and important scientific discoveries. Advances in astronomy, science, technology, and information technology, quickly made the 1990s one of the most important decades in changing the technological playing field. These discoveries helped lead the way for the great scientific and technological resources we are accustomed to today.

Hubble Telescope

In the year 1990, NASA made great strides by launching the first telescope to orbit around Earth. The Hubble Telescope was a huge success in terms of scientific discoveries because it allowed for a new level of exploration. For example, the Hubble Telescope allowed astronomers to determine the age of the universe, to take crystal clear photos of the universe without obstruction by ultraviolet light, and learn in-depth about how the galaxies formed.

The World Wide Web

Internet protocol (HTTP) and HTML code were invented in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee, making it possible for the Internet to explode as a public domain. Berners-Lee was the leading man behind the invention of HTML, a code language which can be used to create HTTP, web pages, and URLs. Without such infrastructures as these, the Internet as we know it today could not exist.

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HIV Protease Inhibitors

Protease inhibitors were proven to lower the viral load carried by those with HIV/AIDS in the early and middle 1990s. Although they are not a cure for AIDS, they are still considered one of the most effective forms of treatment today. They work by interfering with the HIV protease enzyme, prohibiting the virus from duplicating.

Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players

The DVD player was invented in the mid-1990s and quickly became available to the average consumer. DVD players have taken home entertainment by storm, completely replacing video-cassette players.

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Kelly Berry began writing in 2008. Her work has appeared in Harvard University publications, "Southeast Ohio Magazine" and online at the CIMMYT website. Berry graduated from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism with a degree in magazine journalism and Spanish.