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The IgNobel Report

Though the announcement of the Nobel prize winners are still a few days away, the Los Angeles Times reports the recipients of this year's IgNobel awards from the Annals of Improbable Research. In chemistry, Javier Morales, Miguel Apatiga, and Victor Castaño win for creating diamonds from tequila. Donald Unger wins in medicine for cracking the knuckles on only his left hand for 60 years to see whether is contributes to arthritis. And in biology, Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei win for showing that panda poop bacteria can reduce kitchen waste by 90 percent.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.