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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

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.