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Say What?

At A Quantum Diaries Survivor, Tommaso Dorigo points out a table from a Physics Today article that compares terms that mean something different to scientists than they do to the public. The list includes scheme ("devious plot" versus "systematic plan"), theory ("hunch, speculation" versus "scientific understanding"), and manipulation ("illicit tampering" versus "scientific data processing"), among others. The Southern Fried Scientist has posted a table that his writing class came up, and that includes E. coli ("tainted food" versus "laboratory culture"), mutant ("X-men, abnormal" versus "change in gene"), and significant ("meaningful" versus "statistically supported").

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.