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Curiouser and Curiouser

Researchers and developers at MIT and the Smithsonian Institute are trying to get kids interested in science — by turning it into a game, says The Boston Globe's Alli Knothe. In early April, they plan to launch a new website called Vanished, in which middle schoolers will use scientific tools and methods — data collection, research, and peer consultation — to help solve a scientific mystery. For eight weeks, they will receive weekly clues on the site and access to games that "will help them achieve an understanding of scientific concepts they will need to solve the mystery," Knothe says. The idea, the developers say, is to get kids excited about science and get them thinking about pursuing scientific careers.

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.