Social networking for scientists: Professor Facebook

http://www.economist.com/node/21547218

“More connective tissue may make academia more efficient”

“Science is not only about collaboration but also about competition. This limits what people are willing to share. But Dr Madisch is optimistic. Those who have grown up with Facebook, he says, know that sharing will improve their research.”

Facebook for scientific purposes is a great idea. Not only can it reduce trial and error, it exposes scientists to more hypotheses, experiments, and possibly increase the rate of research and results.

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