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Francesco Biscani
Works at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
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It has recently come out that the British government has wasted half a billion pounds. They did this by building up a huge stockpile of Tamiflu, in case of a flu epidemic. It has now become clear that if there is such an epidemic, it won't be mitigated to any significant extent by Tamiflu.

How could this have happened? Surely any government, before spending that much money, would insist on very strong evidence from clinical trials that the drug in question was worth buying. The answer is that the drug companies did not make their data available, and papers reporting on the clinical trials were written by employees of those companies, so basically we just had to trust them. And it turns out, after a four-year battle to get hold of the data, that trusting them was a very bad thing to do. Worse still, it seems that this kind of situation is absolutely normal. A more extreme example of the benefits of open science would be hard to find.

The link below tells the story in more detail. If you want a longer read, then +Ben Goldacre writes about it, and the general situation concerning drug trials, very interestingly here:  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/10/tamiflu-saga-drug-trials-big-pharma
Britain stockpiled drugs for predicted bird flu in 2005 and swine flu in 2009 that independent scientists say are no cure
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Fight the goooooooonswarm

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane 
(Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY 1958 by Aram Avakian) #jazz 
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Aaand back to the UK.
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YEAH MR. WHITE! YEAH SCIENCE!
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA—During a press conference Thursday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leading members of the scientific community confirmed that despite decades of research, the best available theoretical models still cannot predict more ...
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Have you joined a band?!
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Lost my shit at "And I am Zack Glickman".

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Check this out +Nicolas Weiss , amazing interview.
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preparing for the big finale!
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“Without #music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
Frank Zappa
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  • University of Padova
    Astronomy, 1998 - 2008
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Software engineer
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  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
    Postdoc, 2014 - present
  • Schlumberger
    Software engineer, 2013 - 2014
  • European Space Agency
    Research fellow, 2008 - 2012
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Oxford, UK - Leiden, The Netherlands - Pergine Valsugana, Italy - Padova, Italy