A new advocacy group created a petition urging the White House to make taxpayer-funded scientific research available to the public.
Much of today's scientific research is funded by the government—in other words, by you, the taxpayer. Science can be too expensive for most private companies, and the rewards are uncertain. But here's the frustrating irony: The results of this publicly funded work are often inaccessible to the public. They're published in academic journals that are available only to those who can pay substantial subscription fees.