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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 — Bartleby.com 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.