Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crowdfunding; kickstarter

A May 29, 2012 post titled  Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding    includes the text

 One of the best-known platforms is Kickstarter, which generally features projects that are creative in nature – musicians seeking to record an album, for example, or inventors pursuing an idea. 


 Crowdfunding has drawn its share of criticism. Some argue
that it is biased in favor of trendy projects (people are more likely to support polar bear research than cyanobacteria research) and that the projects seeking funds have not been peer-reviewed.

IPBiz notes that a problem with peer-review itself is that it can re-enforce the status quo; a new idea is judged against what a peer knows of prior art.  There can also be conflict of interest.

Of cyanobacteria, note separately the post US States start to Battle it out to Win the Eye of the Algae Industry including the text

Admittedly Arizona is on an inside track with location, backing it up now with fair treatment for tax purposes and from Dr. Edwards a load of common sense. “I and others have been lobbying for something like this for almost three years now. Whether the water is running around a raceway, or bubbling in a vertical column, this is in fact agriculture — we’re farming in water,” says Dr. Edwards.

“This legislation, really, is an enabler. It makes algae production in Arizona more business-friendly. It will also help farmers engage in the algae industry, because they’re going to start thinking about using algae to remediate their manure and their waste streams,” Edwards adds.


Florida is in part, listening. New energy legislation in the state of Florida became law April 14 despite Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s failure to sign the bill. The legislation, HB 7117, contains several measures aimed to encourage the development and expansion of the renewable energy sector within the state, including biofuels production and distribution. The bill also addresses policies and restrictions for growing certain strains of algae and cyanobacteria.


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