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MIND: Documenting Invention

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Inventors may engage in experiments to solve problems, discover a new material, or test the functionality of a device. Unlike tinkering, experimenting is a goal-oriented, controlled effort to reach a positive outcome. Inventors who experiment will likely have scientific instruments, testing equipment, raw materials, and supplies. Laboratory notebooks and computer files contain information about the experiments conducted and their results.

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Last Update: 28 Oct 2010

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