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Scientists want cash for answers. They shouldn't get it

British scientists are legendary for great creativity and even greater failure to exploit their ideas commercially. The jet engine (Frank Whittle), the computer (Alan Turing) and radar (Harry Boot) were all begotten of Bri-tish minds but only commercially realised abroad.

Some scientists are finally starting to cash in on their expertise. This time, I wish they would not. What these scientists are offering is not an invention; they are not exporting new scientific equipment or unveiling a miracle cure. Instead, they are selling their knowledge- to the media.

“You realise you’ll have to pay to talk to me” are words…

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