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Plus, Think of All That Interest They'll Accrue

Science agencies are still hanging on to most of their stimulus money, reports Wired. Of the $36.7 billion the US Department of Energy received, it has only spent $451 million. If spending data from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Environmental Protection Agency are combined, they have doled out only 1.2 percent of their stimulus funds. The holdup is due to the review process of the proposed projects. "We awarded one out of every five projects, so the projects we were able to select are terrific projects," says Matt Rogers, senior advisor to Secretary of Energy. "If we don't go through this competitive process, you don't see the best projects. There's a time-quality trade-off."

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.