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TV Science

Science fiction on TV can be a good thing — besides being entertaining, it can inspire kids to think of science as a possible future career, says Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait, even when it's not terribly accurate. But when it comes to actual science on TV, like in the news or in documentaries, accuracy is an absolute must. In this video piece, British scientist Brian Cox explains the difference between documentaries and polemics, which are meant to guide or change opinions, and says that while scientists must make TV work for them as a medium, they must also stop worrying about what their audience thinks of their conclusions and just present the science as it is. "Compelling science can make compelling television, but the science must be allowed to speak freely," Plait says.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.