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See, Coffee Breaks Are Good

Taking the time for a coffee break — and the ensuing conversations with colleagues — helped Thomas Steitz on his way to the Nobel prize in chemistry. According to the Associated Press, Steitz was surprised by all the breaks in the day at Cambridge University. "What a fabulous place! Coffee in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, tea in the afternoon, I wondered how does anyone get any science done," he says. "It's because they are talking to each other and they are learning what experiments they should do."

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.