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Too Busy to Look at Your Grant Application

On AC360 last night, CNN reported that six employees at the National Science Foundation, one of them a senior official, have been accused of downloading, looking at, saving, or sharing pornographic videos at work. The senior official, who quit when he learned he was going to be fired, also allegedly participated in pornographic chats on government time. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has calculated that the value of the time lost is more than $58,000 and he wonders what the oversight at NSF is like.

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.