Sharing information is easier than ever, but scientific research remains maddeningly walled-off in publications charging high subscription fees. Some prominent funders, like Gates, are working to change this.
The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge has been around now since 2011, making grants for big ideas to solve water and sanitation problems in the developing world. The latest round of winning research teams was announced over the weekend in India. Here’s what the contest has yielded so far. (Note: There will be no bathroom humor or puns in this post. You’re welcome.)
The New York Times ran a lengthy feature over the weekend about the growth of private philanthropy in basic science research, both how it's picking up the slack for government cuts and the consequences of relying on philanthropists instead of public funds. We've rounded up the key points and our own resources about some of the main funders discussed.