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Canadian Scientists Outmanuever the Government

In September, Discover Magazine's Bad Astronomy blog reported that the ruling conservative party in Canada was forcing government scientists to get permission before publishing results to the public. But there's a difference between making sure results are correctly publicized and deciding whether they can be distributed to the public at all, Bad Astronomy noted at the time, likening the rule to government censorship of scientific results. Now, Canada's scientists have decided to do something about the restrictions by launching a new Web site, Publicscience.ca, which features videos and interviews with government researchers, Bad Astronomy reports, adding, "The site is a beautiful thumb-to-the-nose to those in the government who think they can suppress science. ... Awesome."

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.