Something I have not seen mentioned is a telescopic inspection mirror for viewing in tight spaces. Can come in very useful for seeing obstructed things. Helps if you can read text backwards.
A tested IQ of 151, and you think poor observation is related to intelligence?
http://www.b3ta.com/links/Lazy_Journalist - "A small but loyal group of fans are lovingly called "The Zany Ones" - they like to wear hats made from discarded shoes and have a song about a little potato."
What is important is *anonymous* peer review. There needs to be a mechanism for new scientists to question established researchers without lasting detriment to their careers. On another note, what I thought this article might be about was CiteULike, which is great. Any academics should check it out
Because someone who invents something should get paid for their work, rather than having idiots with no imagination ripping them off.
There are many scientists that are not too keen to change their world view in the face of evidence. It's healthy scepticism.