11 Surprising Accidental Scientific Discoveries

by Ashley Lateef

Post-it Notes. Play-Doh. Penicillin. Some of the greatest (or most fun) discoveries in science have been completely accidental. Then again, maybe science had a little help…

Innovation happens when you mix curiosity, know-how and a whole lot of luck. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 50 percent of all scientific discoveries happen by chance. Or, is it something else?—Rakeem Nelson

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