The idea that a bit of gross mold would be worth $14,617 seems absurd until you realize it may be the most important mold to that was ever grown.
What's rotting in your kitchen right now? How about we grab it, and make life-saving antibiotics with it? We'll take you through the steps, and you'll be prepared if the world ends by Sunday.
Scientific discovery may require reason, rationality, and a firm handle on the facts, but science history has its share of myths, urban legends, and tall tales. Thought experiments are misinterpreted as real experiments; the scientist with the most interesting story gets the credit for a discovery; misunderstandings…