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NY Times: Urging a Freer Flow of Scientific Ideas

Apr 06, 1999, 16:39 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carey Goldberg)

Thanks to Alan Burke for this link.

"In the old, cold-war days, when university scientists gathered together, they would turn to complaining about how secrecy strictures sometimes kept them from sharing their work, they usually meant pesky national security restrictions.

"These days, they... talk about all the commercial hindrances to open science carried by the powerful wave of private capital that has been washing into the country's research universities in recent years.

"The strings that often come with private research money -- the publication delays while patents and profits are pursued, the proprietary findings -- hold the pernicious potential to impede the free exchange of information that speeds scientific progress..."

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