Begin your work with research in the Correspondence
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From: Direct Your Own Research
You will need to do more hands-on work soon, but you can give yourself a start with the proper reading.
Game Instructions: Available only when you haven't yet done any other research toward your experiment, this branch grants a healthy boost of Laboratory Research.
Locked with Laboratory Research any amount
Dunk your head frequently
Your hair only catches fire twice. When you finish, there's a singed smell in the air. A good beginning.