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But the Gray Background and Pastel Datapoints are Iconic

On his blog, Chad Orzel grumbles about the graphs of data he receives from his students made in Excel -- the plots he receives makes it look like they collected the data improperly but "no, they did the data collection right, but were tripped up by Excel." He says that the line plots, as Excel makes them, are unsuited for scientific data, instead he says you want to use a scatter plot. Those plots present the data properly even though they are "awful in almost every other respect." He says that the latest version of Excel has made some improvements, but he's at a loss to explain why the default graph lacks axis labels.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.