The Endangered Bond

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Science  10 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6069, pp. 635
DOI: 10.1126/science.1219756

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Creative ideas are children of solitude, yet are rarely conceived in isolation. This is particularly true in science, which thrives on reliable and precise communication across linguistic, social, and cultural barriers. The digital age has given us instant global communication, yet scientists still prefer to talk about shared values and scientific issues face to face. As a unifying bond for our scientific culture, nothing rivals the spoken word.