The annals of failed science that leads to remarkable breakthroughs is filled with amazing stories (the discovery of penicillin, x-rays, etc.) Now digital photography may be looking ahead at a new kind of future, courtesy of an experiment gone wrong.
Researchers working on a technology to create more efficient solar panels instead lead to a discovery that may lead to ultra-high-res images sensors. I couldn't even begin to explain the technology, but you can read all about it here.
By the way, the annals of failed science is also filled with promising technology that never panned out. Nonetheless, if you're feeling at all geeky today, the story is interesting.--David Schonauer