With today’s pressure on researchers to publish papers frequently, the more time they can free up for pursuing their investigations, the better their chances of success. It takes time to accumulate good, reliable data to analyze the data astutely; and to write up the research accurately and clearly, either for publication or for inclusion in a grant proposal. Fortunately, just as modern science has created the means to gather better data faster, the science community also has bred a host of time-saving tools and services that reduce the need for doing repetitive and uninteresting chores and enable the scientist to attend to the more creative aspects of research.

Many new laboratory services, both private and government-supported, are available to help you collect and interpret data or to teach you to boost the efficiency with which you use the instrumentation required for your research. Additionally, new computer software designed specifically for...

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