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Winners in Physics

Charles Kao, Willard Boyle, and George Smith will share this year's Nobel Prize in physics, reports the Associated Press. Kao wins for his work in fiber optics which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says include "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication" that allows global broadband communication. Boyle and Smith win for inventing the CCD sensor that "revolutionized photography, as light could now be captured electronically instead of on film."

The Daily Scan poll missed this one as Kao, Boyle, and Smith weren't included. The frontrunner there was Yakir Aharonov with 24 percent of the vote. Maybe next year.

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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.