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Alchemist Hennig Brand looks focused, if maybe a bit drained, in this 1795 painting by Joseph Wright. The painting depicts Brand's discovery of the chemical element phosphorus. Joseph Wright of Derby/Wikimedia hide caption

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Phosphorus Starts With Pee In This Tale Of Scientific Serendipity

German alchemist Hennig Brand started with about 1,500 gallons of urine in his 17th century hunt for gold. Discovering phosphorus was just a nice surprise. Know a modern tale of scientific luck?

Alchemist Hennig Brand looks focused, if maybe a bit drained, in this 1795 painting by Joseph Wright. The painting depicts Brand's discovery of the chemical element phosphorus. Joseph Wright of Derby/Wikimedia hide caption

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Phosphorus Starts With Pee In This Tale Of Scientific Serendipity

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A Health Ministry employee fumigates against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, at a home in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 28. Juan Barreto /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Many Zika Cases Are There In Venezuela: 4,000 Or 400,000?

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The Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee, shown here in 2007, must decide whether executions can move ahead as planned. Jon V/Flickr hide caption

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Florida Supreme Court To Decide Whether Executions Can Go Forward

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