With the shortfall of cash in California, the UC system announced a furlough plan to save some money to cover the loss of $813 million of state financing, reports the New York Times. The system-wide furloughs will be based on pay, so that people earning more than $240,000 will take 26 furlough days and those making less than $40,000 will have 11 furlough days.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

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