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What Is a Game Show?

IBM has developed a computer program, called Watson, that will take on human contestants playing the television game show Jeopardy! reports Technology Review. This program would have to know the intricacies of language, something that Deep Blue, the program that beat Garry Kasparov at chess, did not have to understand. In addition, Jeopardy! is an "open-world" game whose choices cannot be broken down into logical choices as they can in chess. IBM tells Tech Review that the program will have real world applications, including for search engines for medicine, customer service, and travel businesses. The hard part, experts add, will be to develop Watson for those other fields.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.