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'Social' Science

Martin Fenner from Germany's Hannover Medical School Cancer Center tells the Raleigh, NC-based News & Observer about his efforts to make science more social. The main issue, Fenner says, is that scientists have few incentives for that kind of work. "Researchers are valued by their publications and grants, and other contributions to science — producing research data, communicating science, teaching, et cetera — usually fall under the table," he says. Fenner is working on two initiatives, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, or ORCID, and Altmetrics, both of which aim to change that. ORCID assigns researchers a number to make identifying their research contributions easier, while Altmetrics measures the impact of blog posts, tweets, and more. "A more networked science makes a lot of sense for science as a whole, but at least initially, offers little extra value to the individual researcher," Fenner says. "This makes change difficult."

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.