Off The Cuff | What Is It About Research That Makes You Smile?

Knowing that for every answer you find, 10 more questions are revealed. Now that's job security.

--Heather Kiefer, Intelligent Medical Devices, Cambridge, Mass.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction--the third law of physics. As it applies to research: For every brilliant discovery there's an equally stupid mistake. For example, one can spend months purifying a protein, only to spill it on the floor looking at one's watch.

--Ellen Cook, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The way most people think that research is a nice, logical, reasoned, methodical progression, when really it is filling in the steps between now and the dream.

--Colin Bain, Psychological Methods Research, Red Deer, Alberta

Smile? I do not have time to experiment on that ...

--Frédéric Raymond, Research Center in Infectiology, Laval University, Quebec

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