Wandering into the woods unprepared and without a plan sounds like a terrible idea. But if you're interested in scientific exploration at the frontiers, confronting the unknown with whatever you happen to have at your disposal, you have to take that risk. You have to be willing to take those steps. Image credit: Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons, of the Triple-Alpha Process. Brian Koberlein explores all this and more in his fantastic piece on why we shouldn't be afraid to wander into the scientific woods!