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How to Not Find What You're Looking For

On August 7th, Zookeys published a paper on the discovery of the Semachrysa jade , a new species of the insect green lacewing. The discovery was noteworthy enough to be picked up by Science two days later because Shaun Winterton, the primary researcher, didn't encounter the insect in its native Malaysia, but on the photo-sharing website Flickr.The discovery made by Winterton and photographer Hock Ping Guek should be heartwarming—not just for utopian-minded futurists and procrastinators seeking justification, but for researchers looking to capitalize on the largest centralized repository of information ever seen...

September 20, 2012 — Karla Starr

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