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Talk about bringing your work home with you! Russian chemist Constantin Fahlberg was experimenting with coal tar derivatives at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland when he landed his big, unexpected break.

Post-it Notes

It’s no secret that R&D can sometimes take a while to come to fruition, but if any proof were needed that persistence pays off, look no further than the humble office Post-it note.

Unusual sources of biofuels

Poo-powered cars? Algae electricity? Public transport running on kitchen-oil and congealed fat? These are only some of the biofuel alternatives currently being developed!

Pons and Fleischmann’s cold fusion flop

Imagine the kudos associated with discovering a source of clean, unlimited energy. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, two highly regarded chemists from the University of Utah, certainly did. Imagine it, that is!

Lysenko’s seeds of starvation

Judged on body count, Soviet biologist Trofim Lysenko far surpasses Midgley and relegates other dangerous scientific discoveries like dynamite, poison gas and even atomic bombs to the ranks of ‘also-rans’.

Midgley’s lasting legacy

Every scientist wants to make a difference, but not the kind Thomas Midgley Jr is now remembered for.

Love on the Brain

The evidence of the chemical reactions and brain activity involved in love, suggests that we may not be as in control of our feelings as we think.

5 predictions for Science and Technology in 2019

What will be dominating science and technology headlines in 2019?  Our technical experts peek into their crystal balls and share their predictions for innovation and technology in the coming year.

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