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The Picower Foundation of Palm Beach will be closing its doors, having lost over a half a billion dollars in the alleged Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff, reports the Boston Globe. Picower funded cultural programs, human rights and child advocacy programs, and medical research. Its medical research grantees included Harvard Medical School, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.