This week in #ScienceNews and #Innovation, scientists are on high alert as a newly identified SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, Omicron, spreads out of South Africa.

People wearing personal protective equipment pick up a suspected COVID-19 patient
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And, NASA’s double-blind review process that was put in place to reduce bias has led to an increase in first-time investigators and female researchers securing viewing time on the Hubble Space Telescope.

View of the Hubble Space Telescope after being released from the Shuttle Atlantis following its servicing mission in 2009.

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Finally, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes took the stand for the first time in her months-long federal trial. Read about her questioning here.