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10 World-Changing Scientific Discoveries Made By Accident

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    11. Wine and Superconductors Don't Mix, or Do They? Wine makes superconductors better at their jobs. And apparently, it makes some scientists better at their jobs too. Superconductors conduct electric
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  • 22. There's a Mold in My Bacteria Penicillin, according to ABC News, is one of the top ten medical developments to have changed the world. The widespread use of antibiotics raised the average life ex
  • 33. No jokes necessary Medicine is basically a type of engineering (science applied to the human body) and medical experiments and our bodies are so complex and varied that unexpected and strange thin
  • 44. The Big Bang? Serendipitous occurences in science sometimes aren't as hard to see as a tiny dish of mold, or as potentially arousing as stable boys (or girls) rubbing things on other things. Somet
  • 55. X-ray spectacles were next In 1895 a German/Dutch scientist named Roentgen was popping electricity through a special gas in a special glass tube just for the hell of it when the the gas began to g
  • 66. Is that a candy bar in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? In 1945 an engineer at Raytheon named Percy Spencer, a WW2 vet, was known as an electronics genius. Of course this didn't exactl
  • 77. The glue that wouldn't stick As everyone knows, a Post-it note is a small piece of paper with a weak glue on the back that allows it to stick to almost anything, but be removed easily without leav
  • 88. Corn flakes were intended to prevent masturbation Corn flakes cereal is a staple on breakfast tables all over the world. Today it is marketed as a healthy part of a balanced breakfast. But corn fl
  • 99. Velcro The VELCRO® brand of hook and loop was invented by a man named George de Mestral in the 1940's while hunting in the Jura mountains in Switzerland. Mr. de Mestral, a Swiss engineer, seeing
  • 1010. Teflon The next time you flip eggs or flapjacks, you owe a debt of gratitude to Roy Plunkett, a man of chemistry who almost flipped out while accidentally discovering Teflon in 1938. Plunkett ha

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