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Now They Just Have to Upgrade Their Voting Machines

The Florida Board of Education passed new science standards on a 4-3 vote, writes Joshua Rosenau at Thoughts From Kansas. Board members rejected a proposal by religious groups that would have teachers emphasize "critical analysis" of evolution, but they did accommodate the God-fearing: at the last minute, they decided to add the word "scientific theory of" before various terms, including plate tectonics, atomic theory, cell theory, and evolution.

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 over 65 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.