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10 scientific discoveries that were complete accidents

We can all thank clumsiness, unhygienic lab practices, and sheer luck for some of the greatest discoveries of our civilisation.

MANY OF THE great discoveries of our civilisation have been found through pure accident.

The reasons for these accidental discoveries range from clumsiness, to luck,  to unclean or unsafe laboratory practices… but it all worked out well in the end. Well, mostly…

Here are some of the best, courtesy of Business Insider:

10 scientific discoveries that were complete accidents
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  • The Microwave

  • X-rays

  • Radioactivity

  • Saccharine

  • The pacemaker

  • LSD

  • Penicillin

  • Viagra

  • Dynamite

  • Safety glass

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