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Fragmented, Incomplete … Just Another Day on the Blogs

At Science After Sunclipse, Blake Stacey expands on Sean Eddy's review of Opening Up Education, a collection of essays edited by Toru Iiyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar in PLoS Biology. Eddy says that the book aims to show how individuals and institutions can use digital communication to freely redistribute educational materials to anyone who wants them, but he adds that many of the current attempts don't live up to the ideal. "Too many resources I saw were sketchy, incomplete, and unsatisfying," Eddy writes.

Stacey adds that bloggers' posts often suffer from the same maladies. "Our textual output is fragmented, because we lack the tools and, more fundamentally, the incentives to make it otherwise," Stacey blogs.

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.