We're all familiar with the lone genius myth—a wild-haired scientist mixing burbling chemicals in a basement laboratory—but the reality is that the best scientists team up with others to pursue ambitious work. Read more.
The unique and challenging process of scientific publication can help root out the most egregious mistakes in research before they reach a wide audience. The process isn’t perfect, but it’s been honed over the course of centuries.
Viewed through the lens of history, science moves at a relative gallop. Those timelines can feel like an eternity if you’re the one waiting for a treatment, but the reality is that major progress in most fields rarely happens overnight.