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At Last, a Scientific Way to Evaluate Hype

This has to be one of the best things GTO has seen in awhile: computational biologist Lars Juhl Jensen has a post at his Buried Treasure blog describing a web tool he put together to track scientific buzzwords. BuzzClouds compiles a list of potential buzzwords and then ranks them by frequency and novelty. "To get a high score, a buzzword must be both frequent and new," Jensen writes. The top 50 buzzwords are assembled into what looks like a tag cloud, with the highest-ranking ones appearing largest and brightest.

 

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.