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I've been playing the game for a few hours and I have 2 missions to high-five scientists... but I never see any! I just get tumbleweed where there used to be scientists. What am I doing wrong? Do I just need to travel further?

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Go to the Stash and click gadgets. You may have the nerd Repellant active (which means they won't appear); turn it off and they should walk around from now on.

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It's not may have - the tumbleweeds only appear if you have the repellent active – Private Pansy Jan 20 '13 at 23:34

You are using the Nerd Repellent. Removing scientists from the map is the whole point of that gadget.

Simply equip a different gadget from the Stash.

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Easy enough to solve, just unequip or replace the Nerd Repellent gadget.

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