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•  The New York Times reports that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Open Agriculture Initiative, which was a high-profile project at MIT's Media Lab that posited that food could be effectively grown at home in mini-greenhouses, has been closed down, and its principal research scientist, has left the university.

The closure, according to the Times, came "amid allegations that its results were exaggerated to sponsors and the public."

At the same time, the story says, MIT "announced that it would pay a $15,000 fine to the state Department of Environmental Protection because the project, the Open Agricultural Initiative, or OpenAg for short, improperly disposed chemicals into a well at a research center outside Boston where it conducted some experiments."

The moves are part of a broad housecleaning going on at MIT's Media Lab, where the former director, Joichi Ito, was forced to resign when it was revealed he had financial connections to convicted sex offender-sex trafficker-rapist-overall dirtbag Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide last year while in a Manhattan jail.