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And That's Why They Call It Evolution

The Darwin Awards have been announced for 2006. These awards, begun in 1993, "salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it, thus ensuring that the next generation is one idiot smarter." This year's winners include a man who tried to defuse a rocket-propelled grenade with a hammer, someone who flew a kite with a copper wire instead of a string, and a couple of people who forgot that it's oxygen, not helium, the body requires. The official news release can be found here.

We'd make a joke here, but that might seem in poor taste.

 

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.