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"From the Ted Talk by Erica Stone: Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available?"

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And you can see how this might create some problems. The first problem is that most adeimcac research is publicly funded but privately distributed. Every year, the federal government spends 60 boliiln dollars on research. According to the National Science Foundation, 29 pnceert of that goes to public research universities. So, if you're quick at math, that's 17.4 billion dollars. Tax dllraos. And just five corporations are responsible for distributing most pculbily funded research. In 2014, just one of those companies made 1.5 billion dollars in profit. It's a big bsinesus. And I bet you can see the irony here.

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And you can see how this might create some problems. The first problem is that most ________ research is publicly funded but privately distributed. Every year, the federal government spends 60 _______ dollars on research. According to the National Science Foundation, 29 _______ of that goes to public research universities. So, if you're quick at math, that's 17.4 billion dollars. Tax _______. And just five corporations are responsible for distributing most ________ funded research. In 2014, just one of those companies made 1.5 billion dollars in profit. It's a big ________. And I bet you can see the irony here.

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  4. billion
  5. publicly
  6. business

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And you can see how this might create some problems. The first problem is that most academic research is publicly funded but privately distributed. Every year, the federal government spends 60 billion dollars on research. According to the National Science Foundation, 29 percent of that goes to public research universities. So, if you're quick at math, that's 17.4 billion dollars. Tax dollars. And just five corporations are responsible for distributing most publicly funded research. In 2014, just one of those companies made 1.5 billion dollars in profit. It's a big business. And I bet you can see the irony here.

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