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Celebrating Science in the City

This year's World Science Festival in New York City kicked off with a gala at Lincoln Center honoring Harvard's E.O. Wilson. Tracy Day, a former ABC producer who, with her husband, Columbia's Brian Greene, came up with the idea for the festival tells the New York Times that their strategy is: "Bring them in for the art and have them leave with science." Upcoming events include: "What It Means to Be Human: The Enigma of Altruism" with Alan Alda, E.O. Wilson, Sarah Hrdy, and others; as well as "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus" with John Schaefer, Daniel Levitin, and Bobby McFerrin. There are kid-friendly (and kid-at-heart-friendly) events, too, such as the street fair that includes a mock CSI experience, a wildlife theatre, a secret agent lab, and more.

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.