If the data supports your hypothesis, you are on to something meaningful. If not, consider why, based on your knowledge of the system. Then it is back to the drawing board-time to make another hypothesis. Perhaps you cannot trust your results due to some questionable procedures, and you should repeat the experiment. Maybe you find you do not have enough information; collect more data from the same experiment, or design a new one to test the same hypothesis. Or maybe your results bring up many exciting new questions that require you to do scores of new experiments to answer them!!!

You should get the idea that whatever your conclusion is, it is never final. You should always end up with new questions, with some components yet unresolved. The more we know, the more we know how much more we do not know.

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