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If We Just Had Petabyte-Size Flash Drives

The New York Times has an article about the growing need for massive-scale data handling and analysis at universities. "Better telescopes and genome sequencers are as much to blame for this data glut as are faster computers and bigger hard drives," the story says, adding that most students are trained on personal computers or clusters. "But even these machines fail to churn through enough data to really challenge and train a young mind meant to ponder the mega-scale problems of tomorrow." The article also recounts efforts from IBM and Google in the past two years to increase university access to truly high-capacity computer systems.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.