I can't speculate on individual players, but you have to ask how the concussions issue changes the landscape from a law-enforcement perspective. I think it has to over time, because we now know that players are suffering repeated insults to the parts of the brain that causes changes in behavior.

David Franklin, associate clinical professor of health sciences at the School of Medicine, on how legal issues related to football-induced brain damage could factor into future criminal trials and law enforcement policies

NEW YORK TIMES

What my paper is doing is giving information to the entomologists and arachnologists so they can properly identify the spiders ... and it should stop some of the insanity that goes on when people find a large spider in their fruits.

Richard Vetter, retired staff research associate in entomology, on how people often mistake harmless spiders for toxic ones

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

If we are right, our results will really change how people view the origins of animals and other complex life, and their relationships to the co-evolving environment. This could be a game changer.

Timothy Lyons, distinguished professor of biogeochemistry, on a study he co-authored, which finds that a lack of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere may have prevented animal species from flourishing sooner than 800 million years ago

ASTROBIOLOGY MAGAZINE

In the past, it was a relative novelty to get ethnic politicians on the ballot. But candidates and voters have matured. ... Where they once voted along ethnic lines, they now look for more qualifications.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science, on immigrant politicians and how ethnic solidarity may be changing

LOS ANGELES TIMES

While voters may agree with the 'Right to know', they also recognize that rights come with responsibilities, and the responsibility in this case is to pay for the cost. ... Most voters agree with the professional analyses: the costs are too high to justify providing information to satisfy idle curiosity in the absence of any credible evidence of a safety issue.

Alan McHughen, cooperative extension plant biotechnologist and geneticist, on the results of recent GMO labeling initiative propositions

FOOD NAVIGATOR

Human beings are remarkably good at getting used to changes in their lives, especially positive changes. ... If you have a rise in income, it gives you a boost, but then your aspirations rise too.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on how having more stuff doesn't always correlate to happiness because people adapt to it

WALL STREET JOURNAL

About one in every six prisoners is infected with HCV, according to the best available data. In some localities, that number can exceed one in three. It is estimated that one of every three individuals in the community who is infected with HCV rotates through a jail or prison each year.

Scott Allen, professor of clinical medicine and associate dean at the School of Medicine, on how the U.S. prison populations provides an opportunity to doctors to combat the current epidemic of hepatitis C virus infection

HEALIO

This tells us there are ways to explore dark matter that we've never thought of before. We should have an open mind to see all possible effects that dark matter can have.

Hai-Bo Yu, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, on the University of Chicago's paper on the missing-pulsar problem. The paper says that the rapidly spinning stellar corpses (pulsars) are mysteriously absent because of dark matter

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