It changed the way I play, too. You can check out a Quick Tip I dropped off, here:
I rename my colonies so that I know what the bonuses are on them just by looking at it.
Also, when I discovered that the research bonuses only add (not multiply) together with the Tech Capital/Res. Coord. Centers, I figured out that those improvements most likely should NOT go on your planets with 46% Research bonus. Use the tile for another Research Lab instead. It's like having a 46% bonus tile, on every tile.