10 Accidental Inventions You Won’t Believe

BY Marianne English / POSTED October 22, 2013
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  • Brunswig, Heinrich. "Explosives: A Synoptic and Critical Treatment of the Literature of the Subject as Gathered by Various Sources." John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1912.
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  • Hofmann, Albert. "LSD, My Problem Child." McGraw-Hill, 1980.
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  • Krock, Lexi. "Accidental Discoveries." NOVA Online. March 2001. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cancer/discoveries2.html
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. "Inventor of the Week: Harry Coover." September 2004. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/coover.html
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. "Inventor of the Week: Percy L. Spencer." May 1996. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/spencer.html
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. "Wilson Greatbatch: 1996 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award Winner." (Jan. 2, 2011).http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-winners/a-greatbatch.html
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. "Inventor of the Week: W. K. Kellogg." January 2005. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/kellogg.html
  • McClain, Dylan Loeb. "Space Station To Mission Control: It's Your Move." The New York Times. Sept. 6, 2008. (Jan. 9, 2011).http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/crosswords/chess/07chess.html
  • Merhoff, G. & Porter, J. "Ergot intoxication: a historical review and description of unusual clinical manifestations." Annals of Surgery. 180, 5. 773-779. 1974. (Jan. 6, 2011).http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1343691/?page=1
  • Moir, J. "The history and present-day use of ergot." Canadian Medical Association Journal. 72, 10. 727-734. 1955. (Jan. 6, 2011).http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1825855/?page=2
  • Ophardt, Charles. "Sweeteners, Introduction." The Virtual Chembook, Elmhurst College. 2003. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/549sweet.html
  • Sweet'N Low. "FAQs." (Jan. 9, 2011).http://www.sweetnlow.com/faqs/health.html
  • Szent-Györgyi, Andrew. "The early history of the biochemistry of muscle contraction." The Journal of General Physiology. 123, 6. 631-641. 2004. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://jgp.rupress.org/content/123/6/631.full
  • Tägil, Sven. "War And Peace In The Thinking Of Alfred Nobel." NobelPrize.org. (Jan. 6, 2011).http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/biographical/articles/tagil/
  • Thirteen/WNET New York, Public Broadcasting Service. "Clues and Evidence." 2002. (Jan. 6, 2011).http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/previous_seasons/case_salem/clues.html
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service. "The Rescue of Penicillin." June 6, 2008. (Jan. 2, 2011).http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/timeline/penicillin.htm
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "XVI. Appendix H: Rounding the Values According to FDA Rounding Rules." May 6, 2009. (Jan. 9, 2011).http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodLabelingNutrition/FoodLabelingGuide/ucm064932.htm
  • Velcro Industries B.V. "Who Is Velcro, Inc.?" 2011. (Jan. 9, 2011).http://www.velcro.com/index.php?page=company
  • Walters, Eric. "Saccharin." Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. (Jan. 6, 2011).http://rosalindfranklin.edu/dnn/chicagomedicalschool/home/cms/biochem/faculty/walters/sweeteners/saccharin.aspx

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