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User avatar #17 - annand
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(10/17/2013) [-]
I think scientists and researchers should release the formulas and puzzles they are having trouble with (as long as it cannot result in harm) to the public because the chances of it being solved are greatly increased. Just my opinion though.
#35 to #17 - kingpongthedon
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(10/17/2013) [-]
While I completely agree with you, here's why that will never happen:

Funding is researchers' livelihoods. Often they have a base salary, but a lot of their pay is based on "commission," if you will. By spreading the work among so many people, it makes it hard for anybody to earn a decent living doing research. It can make their job easier, but it can also eliminate their job.

The other reason is more psychological. Most researchers are paid more in ego-stroking than actual money. The real payoff comes when they see their name in a journal. They often pride themselves in their intellectual superiority. Having Steve-who-manages-a-Burger-King solve a problem that Prof. Isaac Rothserious III, PhD MD MBA BFA XYZ was stumped by for years comes as a serious blow not only to Prof. Isaac, but to the whole scientific community.

Again, not saying it's right, but after working in research myself, I can tell you it will never happen without a major paradigm shift in how researchers see themselves.
User avatar #25 to #17 - whothefkisanon
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(10/17/2013) [-]
There are other "games" like FoldIt on the internet which let you solve DNA, RNA (viruses), and molecules to help out science in discovering/solving the structure of the named above.

(Some might even be for rewards, but it's possible that I mixed that up. We had a talk about this and data mining following each-other on our "hack in the green" haxogreen in Luxembourg and they principally are the same thing; you release data/puzzles in the public and let the "crowd" try it and the best solution/representation gets the award.)
User avatar #23 to #17 - livingshadow
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(10/17/2013) [-]
Yeah two heads are better than one