NY Times: Urging a Freer Flow of Scientific Ideas

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

“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

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