Added on: 27th Mar 2015
When Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming came back from vacation
he noticed that his bacteria were all being killed off by a strange fungus.
Modern medicine has never been the same.
After Percy Spencer, an engineer working for Raytheon, walked in front
of a Magnetron he noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted.
Several years later he successfully put together the first
While on a hiking trip in 1941 Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral
found burrs clinging to his pants and realized that the burr’s hooks
would cling to anything loop shaped.
All he had to do was recreate the loops.
Roy Plunkett, a scientist at DuPont, was looking for ways to make
refrigerators more home friendly by replacing their somewhat dangerous
refrigerants. One of the samples he was working with ended up leaving a
strange, slippery resin that was resistant to heat and chemicals.
Although in the 1830s the inability of rubber to withstand extreme
temperatures led many to write it off, Charles Goodyear saw things
differently. After years of experimenting he accidentally dropped one
of his concoctions on the stove and it didn’t burn.
Rubber was now weatherproof.
John Pemberton was not a businessman. He just wanted to cure
headaches. His recipes consisted of two things – coca leaves and
cola nuts. When his lab assistant accidentally mixed the two
with carbonated water Coke was born.
In 1896 French scientist Henri Becquerel was working on an
experiment where uranium enriched crystal was burning an image
onto a photographic plate using sunlight…or so he thought. When dark
clouds rolled in one day he put the equipment in a drawer to continue
another day. When he came back a few days later he found that the
crystal had somehow still managed to emit rays that “fogged the plate”.
When chemistry graduate students working on a silicon chip
accidentally shattered it they discovered that the tiny bits of the chip
were still sending signals. They coined the bits “smart dust” and today
they play a role in technologies used to attack and destroy tumours.
Keith Kellogg was assisting his brother who worked as a doctor at
Battle Creek Sanitarium with patients and their diets when he
accidentally left the bread dough sitting out one day. He decided to
bake it anyway and the flaky snack that emerged was a hit
among the patients.