I am sure everyone around here knows, but just in case: Sci-Hub is a portal to retrieve, for free, scientific papers locked behind paywalls. You just have to paste the exact reference to the paper at sci-hub.tw/ and receive the PDF.

Sci-Hub is the child of Aleksandra Elbakyan, a hacker from Kazakhstan who basically beieves that any restriction to acessing scientific knowledge is a crime against humanity.

There's a nice recap on her story here:


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Elbakyan is refreshingly forwards in her political stance:

«I have always supported » and «The communism of the ethos is incompatible with the definition of as ‘private property’ in a capitalistic economy».

And finally, the graphic imagery of is lovely, with its Odin's Raven holding the key to knowledge.

And we should never underestimate the power of cool. ;)

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