Massimo at Exponential Book wonders whether teaching and research "go together like a horse and carriage" — or more like "oil and water." He asks: Does teaching make one a better researcher? Does doing research make one more fit to teach? "The longer I am in this profession, the more I become convinced that the two should go hand in hand," Massimo says. This is not his opinion alone, however.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

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