hard scientists

hard scientists,

n.pl slang term used primarily to describe laboratory scientists such as molecular biologists and physicists.
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For too long, hard scientists were the only ones with fuzzy models, and the time has come to start sharing.
It is perhaps most obvious that sociologists and political scientists must reconcile their conclusions with the discoveries of the geneticists and neuroscientists, but the hard scientists have some bridges to build as well.
Then he raised another $5,000 through a letter-writing campaign to family friends and other community members, which stressed how hard scientists are working to find a cure for CF and how much progress is being made.