There are a significant number of people who view scientists as boffins in white coats who lock themselves in their labs for twelve hours a day while they invent things that are entirely useless to anybody. This view is somewhat stereotyped, and I hope my blog goes a small way to changing it. (Am I succeeding? – you tell me please).
So needless to say when I find scientific articles that basically support the boffin picture, I tend to put my head in my hands and wonder why I bother.