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Blogs: Self-Examination and Research Tips

Somebody once said that the unexamined life is not worth living (it might have been Socrates or maybe Plato — isn’t so sure). In blogs, though, scientists are examining not only their lives and work but also the surrounding social and political environment, says Laura Bonetta in an analysis in Cell.

Science and technology blogs, totaling 4 percent of all blogs, are primarily written by graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty members. For those who blog, there are more benefits than self-inspection: some receive research tips and one blogger even became an author on a paper.

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.