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Can They Be Funny?

We all know that scientists can be funny. With the debut of the Large Hadron Collider approaching and with some people worrying about it generating a black hole that will swallow the Earth (It won't happen. They think.), physicists are trying out their funnier side. A Chicago-based improv-comedian was brought to CERN for the physicists to learn how to build on one another's ideas. Being funny, though might be another issue. One joke, according to the Wall Street Journal goes, "Two protons walk into a black hole." The WSJ adds that that's the entire joke.

 

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.