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But If You Connected Information and Turned It into Knowledge, That Would Be Cheating

In an essay published in the Financial Times, James Boyle, writes about how science has resisted the advances brought by the World Wide Web to a host of other fields -- "commerce, social networking, pornography" -- and says that journal publication has a lot to do with this. A law professor at Duke and co-founder of Science Commons, Boyle writes:

The greatest irony, though, is this. The world wide web was designed in a scientific laboratory to facilitate access to scientific knowledge. ... With the virtues of an open Web all around us, we have proceeded to build an endless set of walled gardens, something that looks a lot like Compuserv or Minitel and very little like a World Wide Web for science.

 

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.