The New York Times – Aaron Hernandez’s death was ruled a suicide on Thursday by Massachusetts officials, who also said that his brain would be released to an academic center that has researched the links between brain disease and football.
Council of Canadian Academies – A new report, Science Policy: Considerations for Subnational Governments, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), affirms the importance of explicit science policies at the subnational level.
Miami Herald – Federal health officials writing in a medical journal on Monday urged doctors to be on the lookout for Zika-related seizures and epilepsy among infants born to mothers infected with the virus while pregnant.
On Saturday, April 22, people will gather in over 500 locations across the world for the March for Science. With under a week to go before the march, SciPol is collecting perspective and opinion pieces in anticipation of the event. [Last updated Friday, April 21.]
STAT –Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been preparing for this job his whole life. But as his confirmation hearing opens Wednesday for the post of FDA commissioner, his resume is both his strongest asset and his deepest vulnerability.
NPR – Exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later, according to a study out Tuesday that suggests a link between early childhood lead exposure and a dip in a person's later cognitive ability and socioeconomic status.
The Verge – This technology could help humans merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.