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New York City will play host to a World Science Festival at the end of May, reports the New York Times. Universities, museums, and even Muppets will take part in the weekend-long tribute to igniting public conversation around science. "The general public by and large doesn't connect with science in a significant way," Columbia physicist and organizer Brian Greene said in the article.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In Genome Biology this week: algorithm to assess regulatory features, approach to integrate multiple single-cell RNA-seq datasets, and more.