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You Can Thank a Mysterious Yeast Mutation for the Invention of Cold Beer You Can Thank a Mysterious Yeast Mutation for the Invention of Cold Beer

Lager has been around for 500 glorious years, and yet, we still don’t know much about its origin. Sure, we know how it’s made and how to drink more than our doctors recommend, but researchers have always been unclear about where exactly the domesticated hybrid yeast used to make lager came from.

The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth. The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth.

Hey, did you know that you can revive a spoiled wine by just dropping a penny into your glass? Well, at least according to the internet. The truth, though, is much more complicated.

A World Coffee Shortage Is Inevitable A World Coffee Shortage Is Inevitable

In the coffee-world, there’s been quiet rumblings of a shortage brewing for awhile now. And yet, despite the threat, it hasn’t hit quite yet—but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

Yes, Guinness’ Beer Recipe Uses Fish—And That Shouldn’t Bother You Yes, Guinness’ Beer Recipe Uses Fish—And That Shouldn’t Bother You

Guinness recently announced that they were making a change to their two century-old recipe, one that wouldn’t make any use at all of fish bladders. Wait, said many people. Guinness has fish in it?

Cute animation shows the different ways to make coffee

How do you make coffee? Do you buy it at Starbucks? Support your local coffee shop? Just pour a mug at work? Or are you one of those fancy types who make coffee by roasting their own beans and like, performing high-level science experiments with it? Here’s a fun little animation that shows different ways people make…

What would the Victorian-era equivalent of Reefer Madness look like? For starters, it would probably feature a strong cup of green tea. NPR looks back in time at the panic surrounding the (at the time) not-so-soothing drink—and how it got started in the first place.

Recognize Space Whisky for What It Is: A Long Con to Sell You Gross, Expensive Whisky Recognize Space Whisky for What It Is: A Long Con to Sell You Gross, Expensive Whisky

I love space. I love whisky. So how could the attempt to combine the two go so horribly wrong? Like this. Just like this.

Here's Why Those Exploding Bottles of Hard Cider Had to Be Recalled Here's Why Those Exploding Bottles of Hard Cider Had to Be Recalled

Bottles of Angry Orchard hard cider were recalled this week with their manufacturer warned that cider from two recent batches may result in bottles that overflow or, much more dramatically, literally burst. But what makes a bottle of otherwise ordinary cider explode?

The hypnotic cinema of turning rice into sake

Making sake typically looks like a beautiful ancient art, but the way this video is cut and edited, it looks like a chase scene from a movie or an intense spazzmastic sequence from a music video. It’s addicting, hypnotic and completely cinematic. Just watch rice turn into delicious sake in this stunning black and…

Why You Crave Tomato Juice on an Airplane Why You Crave Tomato Juice on an Airplane

I’m writing this seated on a plane heading to San Francisco. We’ve been in the air for under an hour, and the drink cart is just starting to make its way down the aisle. As the cart rolls nearer I’m forced to decide what drink I’ll be having. Since the cups are miniscule, and the liquid is largely displaced by ice…

Cholon: Colombia's Party Island Cholon: Colombia's Party Island

Like big butts? Just a 45-minute boat ride from Cartagena is an idyllic island paradise that each weekend and holiday turns into the city's best party scene.

If You Drink Milk and Don't Get Sick, You're a Mutant If You Drink Milk and Don't Get Sick, You're a Mutant

Milk is full of a sugar called lactose, which needs a special enzyme called lactase to break it down. But children used to stop producing the enzyme around the age of 4 or 5—and those of us who still make it are, in fact, mutants.

The Truth About Saccharin and Your Health The Truth About Saccharin and Your Health

Saccharin is noted as being the first artificial sweetener, outside of the toxic Lead(II) acetate, and the first product to offer a cheap alternative to cane sugar. Interestingly enough, like the Chocolate Chip Cookie, it was also discovered entirely by accident.

How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration

For centuries, before refrigeration, an old Russian practice was to drop a frog into a bucket of milk to keep the milk from spoiling. In modern times, many believed that this was nothing more than an old wives' tale. But researchers at Moscow State University, led by organic chemist Dr. Albert Lebedev, have shown that…

Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends: The Toxic History of Soda Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends: The Toxic History of Soda

Soda’s reputation has fallen a bit flat lately: The all-American beverage most recently made headlines due to an FDA investigation of a potential carcinogen, commonly called “caramel coloring,” used in many soft-drink recipes. This bit of drama follows other recent stories that paint an unflattering picture of the…

No, Medieval people didn't drink booze to avoid dirty water No, Medieval people didn't drink booze to avoid dirty water

It seems to be common wisdom that Europeans in the Middle Ages drank primarily beer and wine because water wasn't generally safe to drink. This, however, is a rather persistent myth as water was a regular part of the Medieval diet.

Gojee: Make a Meal With the Scraps in Your Pantry Gojee: Make a Meal With the Scraps in Your Pantry

You can get stuck in a rut in the kitchen where you end up making the same boring dishes night after night. If you find yourself in this position, Gojee will save your from culinary boredom.

Why You're Biologically Inclined to Spill Your Coffee Why You're Biologically Inclined to Spill Your Coffee

Sometimes it feels like spilling coffee from your mug is inevitable. In fact, it turns out that hunch might be correct: scientists have shown that humans are biologically built to spill.

This Spray Will Get You Instantaneously Drunk—But Just For a Few Seconds This Spray Will Get You Instantaneously Drunk—But Just For a Few Seconds

I don't know when the WA|HH Quantum Sensations spray is coming to the United States, but it's not coming soon enough. Created by the French American scientist David Edwards, it gets you drunk for a few seconds with no aftereffects. Why? I don't know why, but I want to try it anyway.

The Miracle Tree That's Making Dirty Water Drinkable The Miracle Tree That's Making Dirty Water Drinkable

We take clean drinking water for granted, but in the developing world it's a big and expensive problem. Now, scientists are turning to a plant known as the Miracle Tree to create a new way of purifying water.

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