A good question. However, those whondid the work, deserve to get paid. It is wrong to use your time and expertise, and expect to walk away with all my questions answered.<quoted text>
The problem is that quite often, the quality peer reviewed journals are not free for everyone to see. I'm not sure about other fields, but in my field, the quality journals available regarding chemistry and chemical engineering require a subscription. ACS, Wiley, Springerlink, and Sciencedirect are all paid services.
Some of the links people post here from these alleged online "science" news papers, are like scraps that the scientific community feeds the public. They only have the end suggestions. The actual experimental technique and associated accuracy is often not made available to the general public. One has to gain access through a university or research institution to get all that.
It's quite a debatable issue. How freely accessible should knowledge be?
However, on the converse, I must also not be totally excluded. The information must be accessible. It must be accessible to those who actually persue it. If I want to do research, I should not have to be a billionaire to find out whag the methodology etc was