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The Power of Scientific Brainstorming

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The Power of Scientific Brainstorming
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Conservative research

Conservative research

Generally, scientists occupy themselves with their longstanding research programs that follow previous ones.

But, this pattern can be disrupted by unexpected breakthroughs as a result of novel experimental findings. Anomalous experimental results lead to a surge in publications about possible interpretations and implications.

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How to spend research time

The question is: how much time should a scientist dedicate to revising research goals instead of pursuing past interests?

Too little time of brainstorming might lead to inconsequential research directions full of dead ends and stagnation. Spending too much time on planning can lead to conflicting considerations that could lead to procrastination. In order to discover something unexpected, it is necessary to take risks.

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Research: the road not taken

Since it is unclear in advance which research direction will yield results, scientific progress needs independent explorers. Sometimes a conventional path leads to an unexpected breakthrough, but more often, a traditional path leads to a traditional result.

Following new paths bring fresh opportunity for discovering hidden treasures.

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