How disturbing it is for one working toward a given objective on a research project to learn after much labor that others have already met that or a similar objective, perhaps a year or more earlier. Unfortunately, even a thorough search of the literature is of little avail, because publication, and all the delays that it entails, usually does not occur until results are achieved and evaluated.
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