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thenewgreen  ·  3164 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why I Study Duck Genitalia

I'm inclined to think that the Fox News crowd just has Duck Envy. Seriously though, there is so much fantastic science that has the ability to have an understood impact that people have a hard time with the abstract. I don't think most people have any idea how competitive the grant world is. I didn't until a scientist friend made me more aware of the process. It's pretty cut-throat and seems to have a lot to do with "reputation" and "tenure" as much as it does the validity of your science.