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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

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.