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Smart Dust

The most recent of our accidental inventions, smart dust was discovered this side of the millennium by a chemistry graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.

Teflon

If seeing is believing, what happens when the R&D you’re working on simply disappears? That’s what happened to American chemist Roy Plunkett at the DuPont Company’s Jackson Laboratory in Deepwater, New Jersey.

Mauve

Here’s an oddity: an accidental discovery that starts with one of today’s most likely contenders for R&D tax credit claims (chemical sciences) and ends with arguably one of the less likely qualifiers (textiles).

Viagra

Some accidental discoveries save lives; one sparked a sexual health revolution.

Vulcanized Rubber

Everyone deserves a bit of luck. An Charles Goodyear, he deserved more than most. A self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer, he got one of those ideas in his head you just can’t shake.

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