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Festival of Science

MIT's John Durant runs the Cambridge Science Festival and "sweeps people up with enthusiasm and idealistic vigor," The New York Times reports. Durant began as a science history professor, but liked teaching continuing education classes more, and now directs the MIT Museum. The Cambridge Science Festival first took place in 2007, and it aims to bring science to the public, mostly through free events. The Cambridge event also serves as a model for other festivals across the US. The Times adds that Durant is expanding the scope of his festival to reach across Massachusetts. "It's important that we don't only celebrate science where it's already flourishing," he says.

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.