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At the World Science Festival in New York, Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, says that being scientifically literate protect people from charlatans and others who want to take advantage of their ignorance. "You don't have to be a scientist but at least understand what is going on in the world," he says, adding that "scientific decisions inform political decisions."

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Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.