We all accept that modern research life requires us to balance creativity with maximizing the return on investment of our instrumentation. In fact, both these demands continue to grow, and at a certain point we start to get burned out. Recent research has highlighted the huge cognitive load that scarcity (of time, money, space, or otherwise) places on an individual to resolve the immediate issue at hand, thereby restricting the ability to find creative solutions to larger-picture problems.
So how can we fulfill the two requirements of scientific problem-solving and analytical throughput given these constraints? You can see our solution to these issues in this video: