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Jorge Cham's well-read cartoon strip Piled Higher and Deeper is in production as a movie, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The comic strip, which Cham began while in school, follows the lives of a handful of graduate students. Cham spoke with Hollywood agents but decided to collaborate with the Caltech community instead to produce and act in the film, casting real-life student to play the comic strip ones.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

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