The Way We Walk May Help Doctors Diagnose Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A person's gait may help doctor's diagnose memory disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's. (Credit: Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock) Dementia takes many forms. Hallmark symptoms, like memory loss and disorientation can help doctors detect if a patient has some form of the disease. But to the naked eye, it can be difficult to distinguish between conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia (LBD). That is, unless you look at the way someone walks. New research s ...read more

Expedition 61 Set For Launch to International Space Station

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The three crew members in front of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft before the launch. (Credit: NASA) Expedition 61, the next mission to the International Space Station, will launch three crew members in a Soyuz MS-15 rocket on September 25 at 9:57 a.m. EDT from Kazakhstan. Heading up to the ISS, the crew includes Jessica Meir, a NASA astronaut, Oleg Skripochka, a Russian cosmonaut, and Hazzaa Al Mansoori from the United Arab Emirates. The flight will take about six hours as the crew makes t ...read more

An ‘Orbital Gateway’ Can Guide Comets to the Inner Solar System

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Centaur Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 has a chance to get funneled into the inner solar system in the not-so-distant future. This artist's concept shows what the comet would look like if it were 0.2 AU (19 million miles, 30 million kilometers) from Earth. Note the Moon at upper right for scale. (Credit: University of Arizona/Heather Roper) Astronomers have discovered an orbital region just beyond Jupiter that appears to act as a kind of gateway for some objects entering the inner solar system from ...read more

These Bacteria-Powered Robots May One Day Swim Through Your Bloodstream

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The bacterium Escherichia coli, illustrated here, moves itself with propeller-like structures called flagella; it is one of the mobile microbes scientists have linked to cargo-carrying structures to form biohybrid microrobots. (Credit: supergalactic/Shutterstock) In the universe of TV's Doctor Who, the scariest adversaries of all are the hybrid robot-organic life-forms known as the Daleks. Each Dalek is a living being encased in a robotic shell equipped with lethal weaponry, frequently em ...read more

Archaeologists Find Evidence for a Biblical Siege of Jerusalem

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A model of ancient Jerusalem. (Credit: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr) (Inside Science) -- In the 6th century B.C., the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II, fearful that the Egyptians would cut off the Babylonian trade routes to the eastern Mediterranean region known as the Levant, invaded and laid siege to Jerusalem to block them. His army destroyed the temple the Hebrew king Solomon built there, and forced the city’s elite to exile in Babylonia. So began the Babylonian Exile or Captivity, an e ...read more

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