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Triumphs and casualties of big science

Graduate students talk about their experiences as members of large and small science projects.
In astronomy, as at Starbucks, there is no small — only big, bigger, and biggest. The instruments have monikers like the Very Large Array and the OverWhelmingly Large Telescope, in keeping with the grandiosity of their target — the universe — which is itself continuously expanding. So perhaps it makes sense that astronomers are clustering in ever-larger research groups, undertaking ever more ambitious projects. And while bigger projects mean more collaborators with whom to share i...

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