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Getting Back to That Child-like Wonder

"In fact, there is nothing in science that isn't worth being excited about," author Bill Bryson says in the New Scientist in an interview about a new book he edited. The book, Seeing Further, is a collection of science essays from a varied lot of contributors that include Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees, and Steve Jones. Bryson, though, adds that much of the wonder of science isn't communicated to students in science classrooms. He says that he would be lost as his teachers wrote equation after equation on the blackboard.

At Culturing Science, blogger Hannah adds the main challenge to capturing students' interest is the skill set needed to talk about science. "Science needs to be presented as another language used to put order to our world — just like literature or art," she writes.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.