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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

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.