Europe in the 17th century was a hotbed of scientific activity. Rene Descartes was busy developing analytical geometry, Isaac Newton was developing physics and Thomas Harriot discovered sunspots. However, one of the most important advances of the time occurred when an experiment could not be repeated. In 1657, Robert Boyle […]

Science is a competitive pursuit. It is a winner-take-all business, in which the “first-to-file” gets the patent and everything that comes with it. The field of science is so aggressive that data and information are referred to as “intellectual property.” Thus, today’s laboratories place a high value on knowledge protection. Within the past several years, however, […]

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