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We Laughed, We Groaned. Thanks, Microsoft

Here's a post from Michael Calore on Wired's Blog Network about a new report on Microsoft Vista's security performance. In the system's first year of availability, the report says, Vista had fewer vulnerability issues than several other (Microsoft and non-MS) operating systems required in their first years. Here's the punchline: the report was cooked up and issued by Microsoft's security team.

GTO would like to point out that part of the steel-trap security on Vista could be based on the fact that everyone has refused to use it. How do you keep an OS invulnerable? Make sure it never finds its way onto a computer. Looks like Microsoft finally figured it out.

 

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.