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Research for technology progress

GRE Essay Topic 290 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "When research priorities are being set for science, education, or any other area, the most important question to consider is: How many people`s lives will be improved if the results are successful?"

Author: Dong Rui | Date: August 8, 2007 | Score: 5.5

Is the most important question about research the improving of people's loves? The speaker claims so especially the priorities are being set for science, education and any other areas. However, in my opinion, progress is the most important termination in most areas, not to comfort our lives. F...

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