Editor's note

The sports world was stunned and heartbroken last year when Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland, who had been in perfect health, suffered an aneurysm on Thanksgiving weekend and died. And yet it was thanks to Reuland that another major league athlete – baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew – gained a new heart and lived. The story serves to illustrate many things, but chief among them, argues University of Florida neurosurgeon Brian Hoh, is the unpredictability of aneurysms.

President Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has proposed a significant change to the rules that govern the internet, including largely reversing the 2015 Open Internet Order. Computer scientist David Choffnes explains what the rules, and their changes, actually mean for data on the internet, and explains how individual users can themselves test whether their internet service is being treated unequally.

Even after the release of the JFK files earlier this month, a majority of Americans don’t believe the government’s explanation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. On the anniversary of the event, we look at how the lack of closure from this tragedy – and the cottage industry of conspiracies it spawned – continue to resonate in American culture and politics.

Lynne Anderson

Health + Medicine Editor

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland sat on the sidelines of a preseason game in September 2015 against the Atlanta Falcons. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Anniversary of Konrad Reuland tragedy reminds us of the toll of brain aneurysms

Brian Hoh, M.D., University of Florida

Konrad Reuland's death shocked sports fans and, famously, gave new life to baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew. But how is it that a young athlete in top shape could suddenly develop a deadly condition?

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Why the FCC's proposed internet rules may spell trouble ahead

David Choffnes, Northeastern University

How do internet companies decide which network traffic to slow down and which to charge against users' data plans? And what can we learn about net neutrality from the answers?

What was lost, other than a life, on Nov. 22, 1963? AK Rockefeller

Can withering public trust in government be traced back to the JFK assassination?

Ryan Kellus Turner, St. Edward's University

In the minds of many, the assassination remains a tragedy cloaked in mystery. How does this lack of closure – and the general distrust it fomented – resonate in American culture and politics today?

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Pennsylvania State University

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