Strange Science: Accidental Discoveries

Some of the most fascinating things in the scientific world are the accidental discoveries. Things we take for granted, like microwaves and Play-Doh are included among the many things that experimenters did not set out to create, but realized the useful applications of after the fact.

This article talks about eighteen such discoveries, including the two above and several other applications of radiation. Numerous medications and non-medicinal drugs also came from unrelated work. And even things like Velcro would not exist without an accidental realization of how burrs attached themselves to clothing so they could be transported to other locations.

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