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 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.
By most accounts, the patent system is a disaster. A murky and litigious chess game of corporations secretly jockeying and hoarding to control intellectual property from science and tech research. A mostly unknown Australian project seeks to change that game, and big funders like Gates and Moore are on board.