“My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.” By Veronique Greenwood, The New York Times Magazine.

75 years ago, Marguerite Perey unearthed an element on the periodic table while working as a technician in Marie Curie’s lab. Her achievement came at a great cost.

Science moved on, as it does; in 20 years’ time, much of the work that makes headlines now — neuroscience, string theory — may have a totally different meaning from what it does today.

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