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'Live Long and Prosper'

As much as for Captain James T. Kirk's way with alien women or Bones' quips about being a doctor (not a magician, or miracle worker, or engineer), Star Trek is loved by fans for Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the Vulcan scientist, Mr. Spock. Researchers today can learn a lot from Spock, says Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Christopher Reddy at Wired Science. Spock was a "dispassionate" man who presented valuable scientific information in a cool and rational manner, Reddy says, adding, "I’ve come to realize that this attitude is exactly what you want from a scientist during a crisis." While the character is capable of great emotion, and has a passion for science, he put emotion away when it comes to presenting data. "I read quotes from really good scientists who are known to be passionate about what they do, but who became passionate to the point of sounding ridiculous when they presented their views," Reddy says. "Spock would have never acted like that. … Whether observing some strange new world around him or analyzing complicating or conflicting data, he keeps his cool, keeps searching for some grain of objective truth that will (inevitably, because each show was only an hour long) crystallize out of the confusion."

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.