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Two Guys Walk Into a Bar...

So the great thing about writing a blog is that we get to include completely unrelated items just because we think our readers would enjoy them. And that's our caveat with this great piece from the New York Times today: John Tierney writes a column on the science behind laughter. It's not science that will help you in your work, but it's pretty entertaining and certainly worth a slice of your coffee break.


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.