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It is tragic to imagine the amount of time wasted by repeating the unpublished experiments of others. It is even more tragic to imagine that someone might be able to gain a hidden insight by finding the gaps in various negative results, which might remain undiscovered for a long time otherwise.

The problem is that there is such a huge priority on successful research and there is a self-consciousness about funding/research that didn't go as well as expected.

Indeed. It would be ironic if some of those less successful results were the result of hiding earlier, less successful results.

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