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It's Not You, It's Us

Two private companies working on Japan's bid to build the fastest supercomputer have pulled out due to a need to cut costs, reports Science Insider. NEC and Hitachi have withdrawn from the Next-Generation Supercomputer project, a 7-year, $1 billion project to support academic and industrial research. The project is financed by Japan's Ministry of Education and supported by RIKEN, universities, and private companies. NEC and Hitachi were involved in designing processors for the supercomputer. In a statement NEC said that investing in the project "would significantly impact earnings for the fiscal year ending in March 2010."

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.