Suggested Routes to Finding Curious Sources
One possibility is to look up something that draws you in some way and find the scientific articles on which those references are based. You might look in the popular press for interesting stories or perhaps dig around etymological resources for early usages. You might look up the patent for a device that you find charged and follow the references there.
*** The lost art of serendipity! I encourage you to poke around Cornell Science Library or at the discipline specific Research Guides for resources in the sciences that may be unfamiliar, or perhaps downright unintelligible, to you.