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No Foolin'?

Google has announced that it has perfected artificial intelligence and that the Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity, called CADIE, has been switched on. (Cadie, in the form of a panda, has a webpage here.) Cadie is also the driving force behind a three-dimensional version of Chrome and the auto-pilot feature on Gmail.

Amazon has also taken the newest step in cloud computing: helium blimps with 65,536 small EC2 instances that bring the cloud to you. Communication is provide through WiMax and lasers.

As Jonathan Eisen notes on his blog, far from discovering a "God particle" at CERN, researchers there have secretly been investigating, under the guise of repairs, an "evolution particle." It is "a particle that not only is highly mutagenic but appears to have an unusual affinity for DNA." In related news, Larry Moran says the 2009 Nobel Prize for biochemistry has been awarded to Michael Behe "for his contributions to understanding complex biological systems."

And if you believe all that, perhaps you'd like to book this flight, or buy this bridge.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.