Earlier this week, I attended a Meetup organized by Impact of Science at the Alexander von Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society in Berlin. The topic was the highly publicized Projekt DEAL negotiations with Elsevier et al. and the future of Open Access research in Germany and beyond.

The speakers…


One of the most difficult steps in developing a drug to treat an illness is finding a biological target for the compound to act on. …


A Personal Tribute to Professor Oliver Sacks

Seven years ago, while doing my postgraduate medical internship, I remember sitting in the on-call room during the few calm moments I had and reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. …


Whenever there is discussion about the use of big data or machine learning for patient management at scientific conferences, people’s eyes uncomfortably shift towards the radiologists. Hunched up in dark rooms, the flickering light from their fancy computer monitors ceaselessly reflecting off their glasses, they have always been, to some…


A few months ago, a preprint suggested that the scientific community do something huge. The 72 authors of the paper (behavioural economist Daniel Benjamin et al.) recommended changing the threshold for defining “statistical significance” from a p-value of 0.05 to 0.005, …


Although the vast majority of scientific articles fly well below the radar of the mainstream media, every once in a while one gets caught in the net. In July 2016, a research paper attracted a lot of public attention. It wasn’t about some fancy new drug running amok and causing…

Ahmed Khalil

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