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Bizarro comet challenging researchers

Scientists pursue research through observation, experimentation and modeling. They strive for all of these pieces to fit together, but sometimes finding the unexpected is even more exciting. That’s what happened recently to a researcher who studies comets, asteroids and planetary formation and was part of a team that published a study focused on the comet 174P/Echeclus. It didn’t behave the way the team was expecting. 

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Task Force finds open data’s 2 biggest challenges are finding it and using it when you do find it

Two of the greatest challenges to effectively using open research data are that: even when it is notionally accessible researchers often simply cannot find that data, and if they do find it they cannot use it because of frustrating format variabilities and other compatibility issues, the first report of the Open Research Data Task Force has found.

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