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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

If the answer is correct it should get full marks, even if it wasn't the answer you expected. The student can't know what you expected, of course. Yes, concede, though I don't see it as a technicality....
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Advisor getting involved in semi-pseudoscience

My research program is based around a technique that I blew off as pseudoscience as a grad student! In my case, I thought the technique, transcranial electrical stimulation, was unlikely to ...
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Can I use a section of my thesis to "soap-box" about a meta-issue regarding research?

I think this is a fairly bad idea, for the following reasons: It's largely shouting in the woods. Let's face it, while you may feel that your thesis is the only piece of work that's "truly yours", it ...
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I proved a theorem I heard from another researcher. Can I publish my results?

If the proof is yours then of course you can publish it. And it is your duty to do it, because the literature is incomplete without it. Basically you say (but in more formal language): at the ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

which is also correct I think you've answered your own question. If it's correct, then it's correct and should be marked as correct. Why would you mark an answer you've identified as correct as ...
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Our research is being ignored by other research groups

Continue to publish your results in journals that will accept them. After a while people will be able to see for themselves whether the US group is ignoring your publications.
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Why do breakthroughs in science and research that have enormous (and obvious) potential often not (or barely) go beyond the lab?

They are just flashy press releases. They're really not as cheap (including both capex and opex), easy, high yield, resistant to catalyst impurities, or scale-up able as written. I've been seeing ...
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On re-instating a suspended scientist

There is a lot missing from your question, but: If a staff member is suspended, fired, or laid off, that is between them, their managers, and HR. You and your friend should only be involved if the ...
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I proved a theorem I heard from another researcher. Can I publish my results?

Obviously, the optimal solution is to contact the speaker, but he does not seem to reply. What can I do? You certainly can try to get your proof published as a stand-alone paper, but unless your ...
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Is this psychological abuse? Should I switch supervisors?

You write that your advisor said that you "committed severe ethical violations." But you don't say anything about what specifically you did, whether the accusations are true, or how you ...
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Is there a scientific field that focuses exclusively on scientific instrumentation research?

Yes, there exist such a field, but actually the development of scientific instrumentation is transversal to many fields. Note, however, that one typically specializes in scientific instrumentation of ...
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Why do breakthroughs in science and research that have enormous (and obvious) potential often not (or barely) go beyond the lab?

Because technological developments and scientific discoveries are processes at very different size and time scales of a development often under very different boundary conditions (lab vs. real world ...
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Can I be a good scientist if I only work in working hours?

How well this will work for your career depends entirely on your ambitions. If you want to become a professor, it will likely be very difficult to limit your work to a normal work-week. Competition ...
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Another student has been assigned the same MSc thesis as mine (and already defended)

The answer is very simple: ask your current supervisor and be completely transparent with them about the situation. Whatever is acceptable to them is the right answer. Standards for masters theses are ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

Unless you're also teaching your students how to read your mind, in which case only the answer you were thinking of deserves full credit, then yes, the student deserves full credit. If "...
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Is it good to finish a PhD fast?

One of the questions is why his students finish so fast. That's likely at the core of whether or not things are "Good" or "Bad". For example, some potential good reasons: His lab has stable funding, ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

Like Federico Poloni, I can’t fully agree with the top answers. Correctness isn’t the only criterion answers are typically judged by: there’s also usually an expected level of completeness or ...
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Can I copy text from a scientific paper onto my website without directly referencing?

You must quote copied text and cite it where it is quoted. Citations at the end are vague and can be misleadingly general. Specifically, it can give the impression that the cited works support all ...
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Program where I earned my Master's is changing its name in 2023-2024. Does this change how I list it on my CV?

You received an MA in "Experimental Psychology" (the original title). The fact that the department renames or changes the master is irrelevant to your title. It is not like you would no ...
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Does "Science" encompass Mathematics?

This is a good question, but there is no consensus as to a good answer. Some people think mathematics is obviously a science, some people think it obviously isn't, and some just aren't sure. It's ...
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Our research is being ignored by other research groups

we can factually show that our methods are 'better' and cleaner than theirs. Your methods may be better, but if their methods are adequate to support the results they claim, they may have good ...
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How to deal with author's extensive self-citation?

Present clear arguments in your review that describe which self-citations are irrelevant and why you argue that this is the case. Assuming that this is a reputable journal, this forces the author to ...
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Is Eric Weinstein's copyright protection of Geometric Unity in the spirit of Science?

The author holds copyright and is, in essence, claiming "all rights reserved". But he can't claim more than what the copyright law protects. You can't "own" ideas, but your ...
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Is there a specific field which addresses how to develop new software specifically for natural sciences?

I think what you are looking for is "Research Software Engineering" (RSE). Currently this is more of a job title than a discipline, but RSEs are starting to organise more and more like a ...
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Advisor getting involved in semi-pseudoscience

What makes a field pseudo-scientific are the methods, not the subject. If you can openly discuss results with your advisor and both have high ethics standards, all questions are valid!
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Why is there no funding for the Arecibo observatory, despite there being funding in the past?

When Arecibo was built it was the largest radio telescope. There is now the larger filled aperture system in China and several very large array telescopes. As such rebuilding Arecibo as it was would ...
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Is this psychological abuse? Should I switch supervisors?

It sounds to me like your professor has noticed a pattern of poor decisions on your side, and they cannot handle another one. Professors are human beings, and this one seems to have reached their ...
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How to improve scientific writing skills?

The way to learn to write is, simply, to write. But then get feedback on your writing and re-write in light of the feedback. The Software Patterns community has a process called Writer's Workshops ...
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