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A scientist must be able to:
- what is already known about a topic and what remains to be discovered.
- research so that others can understand what was done, how it was done, what the results were, and why they are important.
- on current research in his/her field using relevant information to conceive of new ideas and design new experiments.
- Locate and access relevant background information.
- Find out who is working (or has worked) in a particular field.
- Decide where to share a new discovery so that interested scientists will find it and read about it.
- Read newsletters, reports, articles, and RSS feeds.
- Attend conferences and professional meetings.