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Wanted to add some info on how to get scientific papers to read.
Nowadays, one source is Google Scholar. Another is PubMed. Unfortunately, many articles are not available full-text online. So whaddya do. You found the perfect article, the abstract makes it clear that the answers you are looking for will be there...but it will cost a heap of money to get the full-text, or you can't figure out where to get it even if you do pay.
What you do is contact your local library and ask for help. It takes a week or two, but most public libraries can get you hard copy of many, many articles. Depending on the size of the library, some have direct access to scientific journal database articles and can link you directly to the online version. Others have to go through the inter-library loan process and obtain the article from a college library. There may even be, alas, a small fee. But when it comes to obtaining articles, the library is your friend. Really.
If you happen to have a friend who is a working scientist and doesn't mind helping you out, a shortcut is to ask your friend to get you a copy of the article.
In all cases, get the complete citation before talking to the librarian or friend. It will save time and, in the case of the friend, be less of an imposition. It is okay to impose on librarians (but don't tell any librarians I said so, please).