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Step 1: Open Your Lab Notebook. Step 2: Daydream.

You could certainly make the argument that the world doesn't really need another book about Albert Einstein, but here comes one anyway. Walter Isaacson, author of the upcoming Einstein: His Life and Universe, writes an op-ed piece for the LA Times about the fabled scientist. He argues that successful science and math educational programs should emphasize "imagination and creativity" over rote learning.

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.