Three articles of similar interest sparked us this past weekend, and they all have to do with the universally-celebrated word, Free.

For one, Smart Mobs links to an article on WSJ describing that articles and reports of publicly-funded research studies will be accessible on America’s new publicly-accessible PubMed database. That’s bad news for academic and medical journals that are already battling rising costs, but very good news on the whole:

…barriers to the spread of information are bad for capitalism. The dissemination of knowledge is almost as crucial as the production of it for the creation of wealth, and knowledge (like people) can’t reproduce in isolation.

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