Blogger The Unlikely Grad Student writes that, in her mind, the research process involves only 10 percent data collection. The rest of her time is divided up among "trying to get your equipment to work right," at 50 percent, "trying to figure out what you did wrong," accounts for 25 percent, and 15 percent washing glassware.

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