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Honoring Weird Science

A ceremony was held at Harvard to hand out the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, says this AP article. The award is given by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for "oddball but often surprisingly practical scientific achievements," some of which included that Coke acts as a spermicide, foods that sound better taste better, and exotic dancers make more money when they are at peak fertility. A full list of winners is listed in the story.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.