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ben goldacre
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Hey I'm speaking at this in Oxford tomorrow, don't know if it's open to all cebm.net/ebhc-alumni-we…
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This whole referendum thing is nothing but win. RT @PaddyDaley: if Scotland votes Yes, the average temperature for the UK will go up too
Male life expectancy in the UK = 78.9. In Scotland it's 76.6 If Scotland votes Yes, my life expectancy goes up. Win! ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnat…
EU policy wonks: I'm speaking at this @EUombudsman bigwigs meeting on withheld trial results in Brussels #AllTrials ombudsman.europa.eu/en/activities/…
Isn't the headline here "Harvard AIDS prof has small point but misunderstands confounding variables"? m.nationalreview.com/articles/27998…
to do the maths: an independent Scottish govt will have to spend twice as much per capita on science to match current research council funds
Scotland gets 15% of UK govt science funding. For the sake of Scottish colleagues I hope an indy govt will spend that m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…
This attempt to silence St Andrews' principal over her concerns on science funding is bizarre (esp the press officer) independent.co.uk/news/uk/scotti…
@NewsfromScience -- Hi, Science. Amy Cuddy here. Experimental social psychologist, Harvard prof, 20k+ curious followers I'm very fond of.
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Rorschach. RT @benatipsosmori: in most deprived neighbourhoods it's Y64:36N, in most affluent it's Y40:60N #indyref ipsos-mori.com/researchpublic…
And it feels like a false, misleading, and simplistic route to meaningful political progress on inequality and corruption around the world.
Honestly, I’m truly not anti-independence. It just feels like a lot of things are getting very jumbled up here.
Also: is “freedom" from the UK really “freedom"? You’re still compromising politically with 5m other voters. Are scots truly so homogeneous?
also: Independence feels a bit close to “doing something is better than doing nothing”. You see that a lot in medicine, and it’s often wrong
to be clear: i think many args for Yes are pretty flawed, but i don’t care either way, & independence wld be more interesting to spectate on
baffling how, if you think out loud on these things, Yes campaigners start screaming as if you’re trying to con them into staying in the UK.
O RT @NevilleSquamous: Big countries less corrupt for 'transitional' economies link.springer.com/article/10.100… No link to size globalsepri.org/UploadPhotos/2…
true, this seems to me to indicate that smaller electorates are hardly panacea RT @xabl: local government isn't exactly corruption-free.
are there rly good grounds for believing that scotland won’t create its own corrupt self-interested political elite, just like “westminster"
is there any evidence that politicians from smaller countries with smaller electorates end up being less self-interested, and less corrupt?
i don’t see how that gets any better if you’re compromising with 5m people, 60m people, or 500m people.
“self-determination” a nice phrase, but politics is about being in a complex interlocking web of reciprocal compromise with awful strangers.
Scots hoping to get independence from the "Westminster Elite” are confusing geography with something more complex. “Elite” is not a place.
Some good / bad on this list (DOI: I’m at number 4) RT @NewsfromScience: Who are the top 50 science stars of Twitter? scim.ag/1ydyUcd
is there anywhere nice to noodle around on a skateboard in archway? the parks are all hilly and the pavements have craters bigger than 75mm.
This UK breast cancer screening trial sounds almost unbelievably incompetent and badly designed. bmj.com/content/349/bm…
Why isn't Dimbleby asking Gordon Brown about his funny little three-quarter length suit trousers?
I'll tolerate the "Yes" bile: it's sad to think what an independent Scotland will mean for those who depend on an NHS leftfootforward.org/2014/09/salmon…
Woah, ick, jeez. @23andMe cheerily notify someone he has a half brother MT @cardiobrief: genetic testing, divorce vox.com/2014/9/9/59756…
"When you magnetise a nail with a battery" "it holds an electric charge!" "It's eighth grade science." Amazing Spider-Man 2 giving me rage.
Neat analysis, esp figure 2. Academics are publishing more each by collaborating more on multi author papers feedly.com/e/BK5e1pXu
I'm no fashion expert but even I know that the Colombia women's cycling team kit seen here is a genuine disaster pic.twitter.com/4vdRzH8ohd
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amazingly, doctors on FDA panels with ties to drug companies are more likely to vote in favour of that company's drug nytimes.com/2014/09/09/ups…
i was half tempted back, since they’re getting swype, bigger screens, and share intents (ish). But the iPhone 6 is too ugly and undesirable.
Sends a very strong signal about who your medicines regulator works for, moving it from your health dept to your business dept. Shame, EC.
Uh-oh. European Commission has moved European Medicines Agency from Dept Health & Consumers to Dept Enterprise & Industry. This will be bad.
there is no mystery or suspense greater than the crunching sounds of a printer in the 90 seconds before it -possibly- prints a page.
Internships-> inequality MT @mswainwright: young UK journalists come from wealthier backgrounds than young UK bankers economist.com/news/internati…
I diluted my application in a fart and blew it at them. RT @zeno001: Society of Homeopaths recruiting a new CEO homeopathy-soh.org/home/vacancies/
RT @hmkyale: We shouldn't have 2 see results of trials only thru eyes of original investigators. jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?a… #AllTrials
So hard to think yourself into the undefeatably confident shoes of PCC Wright. When he gets home, what's he thinking? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
journalist request to speak to govt scientist triggers 110 pages of panic, all pleasingly now released under FOI thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1234766…
I'll be very interested to see what an independent Scotland does to shift the horrific health inequality in Glasgow. who.int/bulletin/volum…
Great to see solid stand against hidden trial data from NICE. Thanks all, how far we've come #AllTrials RT @NICEcomms nice.org.uk/News/Article/n…
Algorithms RT @ShaunKitchener: Bloody hell Facebook, not ENTIRELY sure that's a "related" thing pic.twitter.com/0WjIEacRW0
Hey @Ford the crappy thin metal trim on your doorhandles peels back into tiny razors and keeps cutting our hands. pic.twitter.com/sOrmGkF9oL
RT @kcIMT122: coolest way EVER to separate egg yolk from white. youtube.com/watch?v=B4E_9i…
Pro tip: if you put the bottom of the cake tin in upside down, cake leaks onto the grill pan and fuses with old bacon pic.twitter.com/OYntVSryEb
Jesus Christ this is going to take about eight hundred million years.