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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

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.