Jupiter, Giant Asteroid, & Link Between Alzheimer's & Not Brushing Teeth

It's time for "Nerd News," covering the most important news for your brain that you may have missed over the last few days.Here's a quick rundown of this week in science . . .

1.You can get a pretty good view of Jupiter this weekend, just using binoculars.It'll be at its closest point in the next few days, about 398 million miles away.You can see it with your naked eye.But with binoculars, you can also see four of its 79 moons.

2.An asteroid about half the size of a football field has a slim chance of hitting Earth on September 9th.Researchers put the odds at about 1 in 7,000.And yes, something that big could do damage.But it wouldn't wipe us out.It's a little more than twice the size of the one that hit Russia in 2013.(The one in the movie "Deep Impact" was the size of New York City.)

3.In other CATASTROPHE news:A report earlier this week predicted that climate change could cause the collapse of civilization by 2050 and lead to a, quote, "breakdown of nations and the international order."

4.And finally, researchers in Norway have found a clear link between Alzheimer's disease and not brushing your TEETH enough.Basically, bacteria from your gums can make its way into your brain, and produce a protein that kills brain cells.

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