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More than senior moments: better dementia detection is urged

Jul. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Too few people with signs of mental decline or dementia are getting checked during routine medical visits or told when a problem is found, says a panel of Alzheimer's disease experts who offered new guidance Sunday. The idea is to get help sooner for people whose minds are slipping —...

Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Jul. 22, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. No explanation was...

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Jul. 22, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools Pesach Eisen attended in Brooklyn, most of the day was spent studying religious texts with classes taught in Yiddish. One class at the end of the day was spent on secular subjects including English and math, enough to be "able to go to the food stamps...

Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty

Jul. 22, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One of Russia's best-known graduate schools, created to avoid a brain drain among top academics in the newly open Russia of the 1990s, has lost its state accreditation, amid fears of a wider clampdown on educational institutions with strong Western connections. Russian government auditors...

Britain has a summer job for you: Count the butterflies

Jul. 22, 2018 5:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — What to do during Britain's hottest summer in years? Why, count butterflies, of course. Britain is holding a Big Butterfly Count to help experts assess the state of the wildlife environment. The count is being backed by celebrities, including naturalist David Attenborough, and depends on...

Aldrin skips Space Center gala amid feud with his children

Jul. 22, 2018 4:21 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie...

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Jul. 21, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst "dropping in" for a live performance from the International...

A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of 'Blindspotting'

Jul. 21, 2018 12:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails. So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across the country, and...

Hotrod team donates brains, urges same from military members

Jul. 20, 2018 10:28 PM EDT

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Concussion experts would someday like to conduct the same amount of research on head injuries among military members as they've done for football players. One way to get there: racecar drivers. All seven members of the world's largest hotrod team, Don Schumacher Racing, pledged their...

Expert and advocate for iconic monarch butterfly has died

Jul. 20, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Lincoln Brower, who was considered one of the foremost experts on the iconic monarch butterfly and a scientist who advocated for the declining species' protection, has died. He was 86. Linda Fink, his wife, confirmed Friday that Brower passed away Tuesday at home in Nelson County,...