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A Better Search

The semantic Web was envisioned to make information understandable by both people and machines, writes David Bradley at Sciencebase. He speaks with Nikolaos Konstantinou, one of the authors of a new paper called "Technically approaching the semantic web bottleneck," about how the semantic Web can be helpful. Konstantinou tells him that it will allow for better searches — for example, he says that searching for "renaissance painters" wouldn't be limited to pages with those keywords as the system would know which painters worked during the Renaissance. In addition, the system would be able to deduce information through logical reasoning, given certain starting facts. "Such a system, when asked 'is socrates mortal?' will return a YES, while without reasoning the answer would be NO (or UNKNOWN in other cases)," Bradley writes.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.