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Collaborations All Over the World

Using bibliographic data, Olivier Beauchesne has created a map of scientific collaborations, reports Nature's The Great Beyond Blog. Beauchesne, who works for the bibliometric consulting firm Science-Metrix, extracted collaboration information from journal aggregators and turned the collaborators' cities' names into geographical points to create his map, as he says at his blog. Nature's Richard Van Noorden adds that "many analyses in recent years — including reports from the National Science Foundation, UNESCO — have remarked on how science is entering an era of increasing international collaboration." An example of his maps is below, though there are more at his site:

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The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.