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5 AMAZING DISCOVERIES THAT WERE MADE ACCIDENTALLY

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Life has been made easy due to some amazing discoveries..From electricity,  to conditioners,  to even internet. Funny enough some of these inventions were made by mistake i.e it wasn’t the original plan of the inventor. In this article, We’re going be revealing 5 AMAZING DISCOVERIES THAT WERE MADE ACCIDENTALLY

1. Microwave 

In 1945, Percy Spencer, an American Engineer, accidentally discovered “microwaves” when an active radar set which he was working on emitted microwaves and melted a candy bar that he had in his pocket.

He was a radar technology expert and played a key role in developing combat radar equipment for the U.S. Defense Department during World War II. Once, while making a magnetron – a high-powered vacuum tube – Spencer happened to stand in front of an active radar set. He had a candy bar in his pocket which melted while he was standing there. On experimenting further with popcorn kernels and eggs, he successfully designed the first microwave oven

2. X-RAYS

In 1895, a German physicist Wilhelm Rontgen, noticed “x-rays” while experimenting with cathode ray tubes. He was trying to find out if cathode rays could escape from a glass tube covered with thick, black cardboard when rays of light passed through the thick paper and appeared on a screen kept at a distance.

Rontgen named these rays as “x,” owing to their unknown nature. X-rays proved to be immensely useful in the medical world when Wilhelm managed to capture the image of his wife’s hand on a photographic plate using x-rays. Though many scientists had encountered these rays prior to Rontgen, he was the first one to study them systematically and received the Nobel Prize in Physics for it.

3. FIREWORKS

Fireworks” was discovered sometime between 600 and 900 A.D. in China. Some Chinese alchemists mixed together some basic kitchen ingredients and stuffed the mixture in bamboo shoots. When thrown into a fire, these bamboo shoots exploded resulting in the discovery of fireworks.

4. CORN FLAKES

John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg, who were strict followers of a vegetarian diet, often experimented with oats, wheat, corn, barley, etc., discovered “corn flakes.” Once, the two brothers unintentionally left some cooked wheat unattended and it went stale. Instead of throwing it away, they tried to process it and ended up with delicious corn flakes.

5. PENICILLIN 

In 1928, Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin while researching the summer flu in the basement of his laboratory. A Petri dish containing Staphylococcus (bacteria) was mistakenly left open, and as a result got contaminated by a blue-green mold which turned out to be lethal for the bacteria’s growth.

On the 3rd of September 1928, when Fleming returned to his lab after vacationing with his family, he noticed that he had left some Petri dishes containing the cultures of staphylococci open, and one of them had developed a blue-green mold which had destroyed the surrounding bacteria. On studying it thoroughly, Fleming discovered that the mold came from Penicillium genus and it released penicillin, a substance that could destroy many harmful bacteria.

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