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With the credit crunch and declines in the stock markets, universities are struggling with losses in their endowments -- Harvard has lost 22 percent and Yale 25 percent of their respective endowments, reports Nature. The losses, says the article, are due to schools investing in hedge funds and venture capital that generally did better than the general market but were more volatile and harder to turn into cash.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

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