How aspirin was discovered – Krishna Sudhir, TED- Ed

4000 years ago, the ancient Sumerians made a surprising discovery: if they scraped the bark off a particular kind of tree and ate it, their pain disappeared. Little did they know that what they’d found was destined to influence the future course of medicine. Continue reading

Accidental Discoveries in Science

Scientific discoveries don’t always result from methodically conducted experiments. In fact, several have resulted purely by accident. This process is sometimes called serendipity. True story – one of my professors described serendipity as “reaching into a bucket of manure and finding a gold nugget.” Continue reading