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We Hear Starbucks Is Looking for Summer Help

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. UC President Mark Yudof says this could save $184 million, according to Science Insider. Some exceptions to the furlough plan include those whose jobs are fully supported through research grants and those at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Other changes being made to the system include tuition and fee increases, the elimination of courses and sections at the various campuses, and deferring new hires. "The impact of this cut is devastating," Yudof says.

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.