From the dawn of humankind, we have been curious about our environment.
People have labored tirelessly to know more about the world in which they live.
These efforts have produced an endless number of astounding discoveries.
In modern times, we have perfected the scientific process by which we explore and discover the mysteries of the universe and our world.
The early stages of a scientific inquiry are mostly focused on findings, concerns and initial studies, but the pathways to and from these stages are complex.
Often unexpected discoveries occur, as in the discovery of penicillin, which occurred because a young bacteriologist named Sir Alexander Fleming returning from a trip to tidy up his lab, noticed that a petri dish of bacteria had been left uncovered.
A mold had formed, killing some of the bacteria.
The introduction of a new technology often unexpectedly makes fascinating discoveries (and the investigations that follow) possible.
For example, the 1990 launch of the Hubble Space Telescope allowed astronomers to perform deeper and more focused observations of our universe than had ever been possible before.
These discoveries eventually led to breakthroughs in diverse fields.
The fascinating world of scientific exploration will always yield earth shattering discoveries.
Whether by painstaking, intentional research and deductive reasoning, or purely by mistake, diligent commitment to unearthing the amazing and miraculous wonders of science depend upon our respect and appreciation for the world in which we live and our dedication to protecting its resources even as we attempt to discover its secrets.