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The findings, published in Nature, are probably best described as "mind blowing." Devices with this level of complexity were not seen again for almost 1,500 years, and the Antikythera mechanism's compactness actually bests the later designs. Probably built around 150 B.C., the Antikythera mechanism can perform a number of functions just by turning a crank on the side.

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RE[2]: Comment by jockm
by jockm on Thu 2nd Jan 2014 16:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by jockm"
jockm
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2012-12-22

I believe the patent comment was just Engadget being snarky. But if someone were trying to patent such a thing the couldn't patent the basic mechanism (because as you say it already exists), but could patent a new and novel implementation of the same function

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