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Original post on Oscillatory Thoughts blog: Basic science is about creating opportunitieshttp://blog.ketyov.com/2012/02/basic-science-is-about-creating.html
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Studying monkey social behaviors and eating habits lead to insights into HIVhttp://www.radiolab.org/2011/nov/14/
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Research into how algae move toward light paved the way for optogenetics: using light to control brain cellshttp://www.nature.com/nmeth/journal/v8/n1/full/nmeth.f.321.html
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Black holes gave us WiFihttp://www.icrar.org/news/news_items/wireless_inventor_honoured
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Optometry informs architecture and saved lives on 9/11http://www.apa.org/monitor/jan03/basic.aspx
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http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2012-01/gamification-data
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Basic physics experiments and the Fibonacci sequence help us understand plant growth and neuron developmenthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14-NdQwKz9w
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Astronomers informing medical imaginghttp://www.ted.com/talks/michelle_borkin_can_astronomers_help_doctors.html
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Biologists studying animal locomotion leads to insights for developing more versatile robots http://polypedal.berkeley.edu/twiki/pub/PolyPEDAL/PolyPEDALMedia/TheStickybot-Forbes.com.pdfhttp://www.ted.com/talks/robert_full_on_animal_movement.html
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Studies in slime mold colony building and leaf vein structure inform better designs for city planning and infrastructure http://culturingscience.wordpress.com/tag/urban-planning/
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Researchers exploring manganese oxides for some interesting electronic properties discover perfect blue pigment
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/11/24/scientists-discover-a-perfect-blue-pigment%E2%80%94entirely-by-accident/
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Einstein's theory of relativity enables GPS to work.http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast162/Unit5/gps.html
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Fleming wanted to figure out why bacteria were not growing in dirty petri dishes, and discovered penicillin
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Mendel wanted to know more about breeding sweet peas, and out came the modern evolutionary synthesis
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Investigations of why particular bacteriophages could not infect certain strains of bacteria (restriction) led to the discovery of restriction enzymes, which were essential for genetic engineering.
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Barnett Rosenberg tried to investigate effects of electric currents on bacterial growth. He then realised that his results were due to an electrolysis product form a platinum electrode. This led to the use of cisplatin - the first platinum-based anti-cancer agent.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cancer_chemotherapy#Platinum-based_agents
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Studying the hot spring scum Thermus aquaticus lead to a revolution in modern molecular biology (High Temperature Stable Polymerase)http://www.genetics.org/content/146/4/1207.full.pdf
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Studying how bacteria fight off viruses led to CRISPRhttp://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/22/editing-human-embryos-so-this-happened/
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