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Comment: Historically (Score 1) 314

by Epell (#40153559) Attached to: What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?
Historically, one mode of data transmission has been replaced by another more faster mean.
Only reason traditional mail service held out so long is because it could transmit relatively large amount of data until the coming of email
(you couldn't exactly write a paragraph on a telegram)

Considering how email can send large amount of data at near instant speed, I don't think email will go away.

Comment: Hardy Weinberg equilibrium (Score 3, Informative) 374

by Epell (#39851351) Attached to: Is Humanity Still Evolving?
Anybody who studied introductory biology/genetics class knows that for a population to NOT evolve: 1. Mating must be completely random. 2. There must be no selection. 3. There must be no mutation. 4. There must be no migration. 5. Population size must be pseudo-infinitely large. Selection may be arguably weaker (the article argues otherwise) and population size may be big enough, but mating is obviously not random and mutation and migration still happens. Thus, humanity is evolving.

Comment: Re:So near, yet so far... (Score 5, Insightful) 40

by Epell (#39693119) Attached to: Microryza Brings Crowd-Funding To Scientific Research
It has a lot to do with intellectual right policy in many research institution.
The researchers don't really own their findings themselves. If the finding is lucrative, the university/institution takes a huge chunk of the money.
If microryza forces the ownership to be shared with the funding sources/share all findings with public, then they have to sit through a whole lots of legal meetings for each institution they ever get involved with. Nobody wants that.

Believe me, researchers will share their findings when time is right.
Each publication is one extra line on their CV afterall.

Comment: Some insight. (Score 1) 279

by Epell (#39605951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Budding Scientist?
Some fields are more likely to be fraudulent.
You can't really fake physics (at least I think), so I think you'll be fine on that aspect.

Although getting tenure job IS difficult.
My department (biological sciences) just went through a faculty candidate search this year.
We have two positions open and each position received 200+ application. So expect very high competition.
These people were all highly qualified good scientists, each has done 1-2 postdoc, etc.

That personally got me discouraged and I'm trying to go to MD/PhD to have some back up plan.

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