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APR 30, 2015

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland signals a first down after an interception against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, November 16, 2014

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Brain Trauma Isn't Just an NFL Problem

The 2015 NFL Draft begins tonight, ushering in a new crop of football talent. Linebacker Chris Borland, 24, was among last year's draft class, but he retired early last month, citing the game's links to traumatic brain injury. RAND's Terri Tanielian hopes this bold move leads to greater awareness. But that will be of limited use if people consider brain trauma unique to the NFL. Read more »

A girl stands in a line for water after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015

A girl stands in a line for water after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015. Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Nepal, Beyond the Earthquake

Thousands are dead after a devastating earthquake in Nepal last Saturday. According to RAND's Jonah Blank, the disaster highlights the Himalayan country's political instability, its fragile economy, and the vulnerability of its construction. “Either the world is going to contribute, or Nepal will not get back on its feet.” Read more »

A Kurdish fighter fires an anti-aircraft weapon at Islamic State fighters in Tel Tamer, Syria, February 25, 2015

A Kurdish fighter fires an anti-aircraft weapon at Islamic State fighters in Tel Tamer, Syria, February 25, 2015. Photo by Rodi Said/Reuters

History's Lessons for Iraq and Syria

The wars in Iraq and Syria are deeply intertwined. According to congressional testimony by RAND's Seth Jones this morning, this means that the U.S. must address them simultaneously. Understanding the factors that brought past insurgencies to an end can provide lessons for how to proceed. Read more »

The entrance to the Santa Monica Pier at sunset

The entrance to the Santa Monica Pier at sunset. Photo by paylessimages/Fotolia

Cities and the Science of Wellbeing

Wellbeing is about having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life, says RAND's Anita Chandra. As part of Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project, she and her colleagues are working to “fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens” by integrating the science of wellbeing into its decisionmaking. Read more »

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The Power of Smart Grids

A “smart” grid could change how much people pay for electricity, where it comes from, and its resistance to outages. The modernization effort will be worthwhile in the long run, says RAND's Christopher Guo. But numerous obstacles remain. Read more »

A service member in a counseling session

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Better Quality of Care for PTSD, MDD

Delivering quality health care to service members with posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder is a high priority for the Military Health System. A conceptual framework and candidate set of measures to monitor, assess, and improve the quality of care can help the MHS in its efforts. Read more »

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