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More Similar Than Different

Over at his blog, Tom Tritton revisits a paper published in Science in July that examined whether boys are better at math than girls, finding that the groups are equally capable. "Smaller studies from the 1970s and 1980s seemed to suggest somewhat inferior math performance of females, especially in high school. The new data, though, find no such difference," he writes at Periodic Table. The reasons, though, for women missing in action from the top spots in math and science are still being pondered, but at least "we do know it’s not because of any significant difference in ability."

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.