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The results of innovation – Making things smaller

For a number of years now the pressure has been on consumer goods manufacturers to continually reduce the size of finished goods, just look at how small your latest mobile phone is compared with your first “Nokia brick.”

Superman’s legacy: superhuman walking and much more

In August 2018 Claire Lomas completed the Manchester marathon after 8 days, perhaps nothing astonishing you might say, but Claire, a former equestrian eventer, was paralysed from the waist down after a freak riding accident.

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.


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.


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).


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.


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.

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