Find examples of science that has been conducted in another way than originally intended?  Include :- - State what they are. - State what they were created for. - State what they are now used...

Find examples of science that has been conducted in another way than originally intended?

 

Include :-

- State what they are.

- State what they were created for.

- State what they are now used for.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The manipulation of science has always been something that has been of critical importance to its nature.  The development of atomic energy could be one such example.  What began as a scientific inquiry into the nature of universal energy became co-opted and controlled by various governments for military application.  It is not surprising that in America, for example, scientists that helped with the creation of a nuclear device with the expressed and implicit purpose to end all war as a preventive means helped spearhead the initiatives against it when they became convinced that governments used it as an offensive weapon as opposed to something that could end all wars.  Another example could be genetic research which was meant to further or advance the understanding of the code of genes and genetic language became a part of eugenics experiments which helped to raise the horror level of what science could do if in the wrong hands.

James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The internet might work as a topic. As I understand it (please double check this statement for accuracy!), the internet was first created as a very limited network that would keep different offices of the US government in communication even if one central communication hub were destroyed, say, but a nuclear blast (the wikipedia entry refers to "disaster survivability"). The internet system was then quickly adopted and applied by several leading research institutions and programs and is now used by pretty much everyone, including you and me.

A number of pharmaceutical drugs and poisons would work for this topic, too, such as heparin. I'm always amazed at how a drug initially investigated for one purpose has many other, sometimes more promising applications.