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There are detailed discussions that fall outside these guidelines (see BLOOD in ART WORKS, TESTING FOR and CACTUS FUNGI / MOLD or POLLEN_PHOTOS for examples - having forensic microscopy and building science as their thread in common)
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InspectAPedia.com - is a free online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice - illustrated, detailed, in-depth research on finding, diagnosing, testing, correcting, & preventing building defects, energy conservation, & indoor environmental hazards
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The concept of a more narrowly defined peer review process is a long-established method by which scholarly journals attempt to improve the accuracy and content of their published materials.
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The advantage of a wide public exposure/peer review is the ability to solicit rapid and very broadly-based comment that can and sometimes does substantially improve the technical accuracy and quality of published information, provided that the publisher includes professional editing of the comments and suggestions themselves to review those for accuracy and absence of bias.
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