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Some Projects Win, Others Not So Much

The new administration in Japan unveiled its first budget, and it shows little change for science and technology funding overall, reports ScienceInsider. A summary from the Ministry of Education says funding for basic, academic research will increase by up 1.7 percent to $3 billion. However, the seven-year Next-Generation Supercomputer project will see a cut in its budget, from $290 million to $230 million. "It will delay development and affect users," says Tadashi Watanabe, the Next-Generation Supercomputer project leader at RIKEN.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.