The search to recover debris from the Challenger disaster in 1986 also resulted in the discovery of 13 shipwrecks, two lost airplanes and 25 kilos of cocaine governmentattic.org/docs/…
Today I learned about Project GUNMAN, the discovery of primitive keylogging technology installed by the KGB into the IBM Selectric typewriters used in the US Embassy in Moscow, enabling the Soviets to steal US secrets for eight years. cryptomuseum.com/covert/b…
Hanno the Navigator, an ancient Carthaginian from the 5th century BCE, was one of the first to record the discovery of what he described as "hairy, savage people". The local tribes called them Gorillai and viewed them as a type of human and were described as a type of man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Bears at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in MT have jobs: try to open coolers/dumpsters/containers of treats. If bears can't make more than a tiny hole, the item is certified bear-proof. The GWDC is the only place where products can earn a certificate from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. outsideonline.com/2417218…
IrΓ¨ne Curie and her husband received a Nobel Prize for their discovery of artificial radioactivity, 30 years after IrΓ¨ne's parents received their Nobel Prize. She died due to overexposure to radiation, also just like her parents. Her children are still alive and are also prominent scientists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ir%…
I learned Sue, the most complete T. Rex skeleton, was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson when she and her crew got a flat tire at the end of their field season. During repairs, Hendrickson found bones at a cliff face leading the discovery of larger bones in the cliff's formation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
In 2012 doctors around the world voted the 1846 paper describing anesthesia as the most important discovery in modern medicine, ahead of things like antibiotics and X-Rays degruyter.com/view/journa…
Henry Cavendish, noted for his discovery of hydrogen, was a "notoriously shy man". He communicated with his female servants only by notes. By one account, Cavendish had a back staircase added to his house to avoid encountering his housekeeper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Four elements on the periodic table are named for a small mining town called Ytterby Sweden. Ytterbium Yb, Yttrium Y, Terbium Tm and Erbium Er, discovered 1794 to 1878. Discovery of the mineral gadolinite, also lead to the discovery of Scandium Sc, Holmium Ho, Thulium Tm and Gadolinium Gd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
While recording their Discovery Album, band Daft Punk had an idea for a movie involving "the merging of science fiction with entertainment industry culture". This was pitched to anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, and they turned it into the movie Interstella 5555. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Between 1990 and 1997 the Hubble Space Telescope assigned several hours per year to projects proposed by amateur astronomers, some of which led to publishable discoveries, but these policy was discontinued due to budget reductions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
In Stigler’s Law, the law that states that no scientific discovery is named after it’s original discoverer, Stephen Stigler credited it’s original discovery to the American Sociologist Robert Merton en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Today I learned about a little town called Ytterby in Sweden, has 4 elements in the Periodic table named after this one single town - yttrium(Y), erbium(Er), terbium(Tb) and ytterbium(Yb). In addition 4 other elements (Sc, Ho, Tm, Gd) too can be trace their discovery back to this quarry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
In addition to the Rosetta Stone, numerous trilingually inscribed steles have been uncovered with the latest in 2004 (decree of Canopus). Any of these discoveries would have deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Bees indirectly led to the discovery of New York's largest marijuana Farm underneath a Brooklyn cherry factory firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
Today I learned of Robert Evans, a minister and amateur astronomer that holds the record for visual supernova discoveries. He continues searching for more from his back porch in Hazelbrook, Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Scientists originally used the term radio to indicate radiant or radiation, such as "radio-active". It wasn't until 1900, twelve years after the discovery of radio waves, that the radio waves were used to carry sound and it would be another 12 years before they were called radio waves. ec2-23-21-117-9.compute-1…
Macadamia nuts are named for Dr. John Macadam (who was not involved in their discovery and naming), and not after a place called Macadamia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
In 1958, on the same day James Van Allen announced the discovery of the 'Van Allen belts', he agreed with the U.S. military to be involved with a project to set off atomic bombs in the magnetosphere npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned of the En-Gedi Scroll, a piece of parchment that was believed to include texts of the Torah, but it couldn't be studied because it was burnt, until it was confirmed 45 years after its discovery using an X-Ray tomography that revealed the text. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En-…
Today I learned of Thales of Miletus, The first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed. Thales used geometry to calculate the heights of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is also the first known individual to use deductive reasoning applied to geometry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Ignaz Semmelweis, an Hungarian doctor, is consider the father of hand hygiene. His discoveries around medical hygiene is less than 200 years old. globalhandwashing.org/abo…
The discovery of irrational numbers shattered a foundation of Pythagorean mathematics - that everything in the universe is reducible to whole numbers and their ratios. Legend suggests that the man who discovered these numbers was drowned at sea by his fellow Pythagoreans, or exiled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Giuseppe Piazzi, following his discovery of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, had difficulty tracking its position given the lack of data. Carl Friedrich Gauss, upon hearing this, worked for three months on the problem and successfully predicted its position within half a degree a year after discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, a series of newspaper articles about the supposed discovery of life on the Moon by an astronomer. The articles described animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids who built temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Proof of Neutron stars was discovered in 1967 by J. Burnell and A. Hewish, and Hewish went on to receive a Nobel Prize for "for his decisive role in the discovery of pulsars" without Jocelyn Bell, who shared in the discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
Today I learned of "Zen," a perfume that incorporated the scent of a rose carried onboard the NASA shuttle Discovery. Scent molecules from the rose were collected by astronauts using a tiny silicon fiber. Following the 10 day mission, the samples were analyzed by fragrance researchers and used to create Zen. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
The use of Mustard Gas during WWI directly lead to the discovery of the first chemotherapy treatments for cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
MythBusters made an episode in which they tested credit card security. Discovery was forced not to air the episode, after a conference call with chief Legal Counsels representing the major companies, demanded the episode not be aired – which would expose major flaws in credit card security. youtube.com/watch?v=9IOML…
Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1 vox.com/2019/4/3/18293950…
Today I learned of β€œamicable numbers”, pairs of numbers whose integer dividers add up to each other. The ancient Pythagoreans knew of 1 pair (220 and 284), and it took 1000 years for a formula that led to the discovery of 2 other pairs. Then Euler came along; he found 58. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami…
John Glenn was a NASA Astronaut, four term US Senator from Ohio, the first American to orbit the Earth and was both a sitting senator and the oldest person to fly to space at the age of 77 when he flew on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-95 mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
In 1945 , Howard Florey and Ernst Chain shared the Nobel prize with Alexander Fleming and actually realized the potential of the latter's discovery and produced enough penicillin to test on animals and worked tirelessly to begin to production and use of it to treat people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Today I learned about the discovery of the oldest known winery in the world. The Areni-1 cave complex in Armenia contains a 6,100-year-old winery complete with a wine press, fermentation vats, storage vessels, drinking cups, and withered grape vines, skins, and seeds. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A zookeeper secretly grew a cannabis plantation inside the rhino enclosure at an Austrian zoo for years. He was the only one who had access to the enclosure and police made the discovery after a tip from a drug user. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Today I learned about Munroe effect observed when after the explosion the manufacturer’s name (which was pressed into the explosive) had been transferred to the nearby metal plate. Later knowns as Munroe effect, it has led to the discovery of the shaped charges which are capable of penetrating 80cm thick steel wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaped…
According to a 2001 study, sponsored by the BBC, France 3 and Discovery Channel, Jesus's skin would have been more olive-colored than white or black, and that he would have most likely looked like a typical Galilean Semite of his day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Brad Garrett, who portrayed Ray's brother on Everyone Loves Raymond, is featured on the album art for Electric Light Orchestra's album Discovery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Rubber balloons were invented by Prof. Michael Faraday, more famous for his discoveries in electromagnetism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
It wasn't a single drug discovery that stopped people from dying of AIDS in the 1990s but the discovery that combining several drugs would each affect a different aspect of HIV and together force the virus into undetectable remission, called the "AIDS cocktail" healthline.com/health/hiv…
The discoverer of radio frequency, Heinrich Hertz, did not think his discovery was practically useful in any application. famousscientists.org/how-…
Today I learned of a phenomenon known in science as β€œmultiple discoveries” where separate groups/individuals will simultaneously make discoveries while working independently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Researchers and their team oversaw the discovery of a rat that could see, hear, smell, and feel just like its peers, even though it was walking around with basically no brain. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Bees will not build in a gap that is very specifically 6-9 mm in width (but they WILL build in larger or smaller spaces). This discovery, called "bee space", made modern beehives with removeable "frames" for honeycomb possible; otherwise, the bees would just cement everything together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned about Antoinette Tuff; a woman who worked at Robert E McNair Discovery and Learning Centre in Atlanta. Tuff managed to talk down 20 year old Michael Hill from shooting anyone in the school, and managing to convince him to surrender his weapon. antoinettetuff.com/
Oganesson, with an atomic number of 118, is one of two elements named after a person alive at the time of their discovery, and the only one named after a person currently alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oga…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…

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