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It May Turn Out to Be the World's Fastest Supercomputer, But It Still Has Hecklers

The New York Times has a story on NSF's plans to award IBM a contract to build the fastest supercomputer on Earth – capable of handling a petaflop of computational data. According to the article, there are already critics of the expected deal. So far, opponents are arguing over the site of the machine (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won out among many bidders), its being used for just a few projects instead of being more widely available to scientists, and its oversight by the Pentagon's DARPA.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.