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Improbable Research announced the winners of its 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes during its 21st annual prize ceremony this week. The prizes are meant to celebrate the most unusual kinds of science and research that "first make people laugh then make them think," the organization says.

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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.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.