6 Accidental Discoveries You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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From insects to infections, and polymers to pacemakers, scientists have discovered some very cool things entirely by accident, thanks to some careful observation and curiosity.

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Sources:
https://www.npr.org/2016/02/24/467805055/whoops-twelve-tales-of-accidental-brilliance-in-science
http://discovermagazine.com/galleries/2015/jan-feb/accidental-discoveries
https://www.britishscienceweek.org/app/uploads/2015/10/NSEW-Accidental-Discoveries-Primary-PackFULLOPT.pdf
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/the-real-story-behind-the-worlds-first-antibiotic
Wasps
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/tibbetts-lab/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2014/03/tibbetts_and_dale_2004.pdf
https://www.npr.org/2016/03/01/468673964/golden-mole-award-winner-to-be-announced
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(12)00065-6.pdf
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/tibbetts-lab/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2014/03/tibbettsir2002.pdf
https://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/journal/v309/n6/full/scientificamerican1213-62.html
Strep
http://www.pnas.org/content/101/40/14491.short
https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Labs/Liu-Lab/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8332747_Sword_and_shield_Linked_group_B_streptococcal_-hemolysincytolysin_and_carotenoid_pigment_function_to_subvert_host_phagocyte_defense
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040921084106.htm
http://nizetlab.ucsd.edu/Publications/SourcebookChapter.pdf
Parasitic aphrodisiac
https://academic.oup.com/icb/article/54/2/159/638703
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/05/01/300999096/contagious-aphrodisiac-virus-makes-crickets-have-more-sex
http://www.adamolab.ca/research.html
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/early/2014/03/04/jeb.103408
CRISPR
https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/lab-report/new-crispr-cas9-tool-edits-both-rna-and-dna-precisely
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-crispr-cas9-rna.html
https://elifesciences.org/articles/32724
http://www.cell.com/molecular-cell/fulltext/S1097-2765(18)30054-6
https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/biochem/yan-zhang-phd
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180315122940.htm
Pacemaker
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/business/wilson-greatbatch-pacemaker-inventor-dies-at-92.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/wilson-greatbatch-inventor-of-the-implantable-cardiac-pacemaker-2363206.html
https://gizmodo.com/5844558/wilson-greatbatch-the-man-who-accidentally-invented-the-pacemaker-has-died
https://lemelson.mit.edu/winners/wilson-greatbatch
Polymer
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/344/6185/732
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-class-of-polymers-discovered-by-accident/
https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2015/pioneer/jeannette-garcia/
https://theconversation.com/recycling-the-unrecyclable-a-new-class-of-thermoset-plastics-26594
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7108/20140517/eureka-moment-ibms-error-at-lab-leads-to-discovery-of-new-polymer-materials.htm
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a12954/one-of-the-most-important-materials-in-tech-is-now-recyclable-16795168/

Images:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Synthetic_Production_of_Penicillin_TR1468.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%C5%9Awierszcz_domowy.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:African.field.cricket.arp.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Streptococcus_agalactiae.tif
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aligned_peperonis.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Northern_Paper_Wasp_-_Polistes_fuscatus,_Meadowood_Farm_SRMA,_Mason_Neck,_Virginia.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_Paper_Wasp-27527-4.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COlmeia_SD.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Neisseria_meningitidis_Colonies_growth_on_New_York_City_Medium_Agar.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crispr.png
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_Jude_Medical_pacemaker_with_ruler.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Duelchamber.JPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Herzschrittmacher_auf_Roentgenbild.jpg

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