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From Posters to Carnivorous Plants

Holiday shopping crunch time is upon us, but no worries, there are some guides out there for some geeky-cool gifts. At Bitesize Bio, Suzanne Kennedy recommends some Einstein posters for the lab, meteorite jewelry, and snow leopard-print lab coats. Scientific American's Kate Wong lists some books that could go well on a scientists' coffee table such as Tui de Roy's Galápagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy and Felice Frankel and George Whitesides's No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale. Wired's Geek Dad has a series of posts with gift ideas. Ones that intrigue us include the Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set and the 200x microscope you can connect to your computer.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.