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Serendipity In Science

Most scientists accept the notion that serendipity plays a major role in their work. Too many discoveries have been, after all, the result of 'lucky accidents.' In the 16th century, for example, ... Continue reading

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

NASA's premier X-ray observatory was named the Chandra X-ray Observatory in honor of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (pronounced: su/bra/mon'/yon chandra/say/kar). ... Continue reading

The Wright Sister

When you think of airplanes, you may think of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Their early experiments led to the first manned airplane flight 100 years ago. There's another member of the Wright family, ... Continue reading

Benjamin Franklin, Science Founding Father

While popularly known for his role as one of the United States' founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin was also a renowned scientist who made a number of substantial contributions in the field of Earth ... Continue reading