In this week's Neuroscience SciPol Weekly, California's efforts to go after opioid drug makers; sports concussion research in New Zealand and Australia; and how forgetfulness might just be your brain remove "useless" memories.
In this week's Robotics / Artificial Intelligence SciPol Weekly, the Mars Curiosity rover operating itself thanks to AI; watching an AI conquer Ms. Pac Man; and how self-driving cars will influence the future of policing.
Stanford University – Legal and illegal drugs are killing more people than AIDS ever did, yet the nation’s drug policies are based on unproven assumptions about addiction. Neuroscience could help shape more effective policies and save lives.
Huffington Post – After weeks of closed door meetings, Republicans unveiled a discussion draft of the Senate’s health care replacement bill on Thursday. Should the bill pass in its current form, funding for opioid and addiction treatment would plummet.
The New York Times – The Department of Homeland Security, working with Google, introduced a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners.
Austin American-Statesman – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton can proceed with an appeal seeking to resurrect a state rule that requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The Hill – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the chairman of the Senate’s health appropriations subcommittee, on Thursday tore into the Trump administration’s proposal to cut National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding by $7.5 billion.
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society – Although the US market is likely more than a year or two away from seeing any commercialized medical products that rely on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, the rapidly developing field has grabbed the attention of the FDA.