Study: The music you’re listening to impacts how your beer tastes

A Belgian researcher has found that people’s perception of the beer they’re drinking can be influenced by the music they’re listening to, according to a story in the Daily Mail. Or, as Dr. Felipe Carvalho of Vrije Universiteit Brussel puts it in much more science-y terms, “For the first time we have demonstrated that it is […]

How yeast works: A layperson’s guide to saccharomyces

Barley, wheat, rye, hop cones, and hop pellets all have immediately tangible, readily identifiable qualities. You can inspect a jar of these raw materials on a brewery tour and instantly get a good idea of what and how they contribute to your beer. Yeast, on the other hand, is mysterious and intangible. While the brewer […]

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The mystery of the puffin has finally been solved

For years, puffins have eluded scientists’ attempts to discover the oddly lovable birds’ wintering grounds. Now, their cold-weather lair has been discovered. Researchers with the National Audubon Society say that information from 19 locators show Maine’s Atlantic puffins spend the majority of winter about 200 miles southeast of Cape Cod, well offshore from New York and New […]

Why everything tastes different on an airplane

Did you know that an airplane cabin is actually drier than some deserts? In some cases, humidity can measure in at less than 12%, reports Travel + Leisure. It should come as no surprise, then, that in an environment like this, your taste and smell start to drift. Scent starts to deteriorate the minute you step […]

Scientists squeezing more out of wine industry’s used grapes

Last year, the global wine industry produced over 7.4 billion gallons of wine. In making that staggering amount of vino, wineries produced nearly 5 million tons of grape pomace—the leftover skins, seeds, and stems from the pressing process. While distilleries have made grappa from the grape pomace for years, Italian scientists have searched for a way to […]

Paleolithic people were making flour 32,000 years ago

Time to update your paleo diet. New research from scientists in Florence, Italy, suggests that the paleolithic people living in Southern Italy 32,000 years ago were grinding and consuming oats as a part of their diet. According to NPR’s The Salt, “That finding comes from new investigations of an ancient stone recovered in a cave called Grotta Paglicci […]

Beer in Space — Thanks to an Ambitious Colorado 6th Grader

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Michal Bodzianowski may be too young to enjoy a pint of beer, but he’s old enough to understand its contribution to science. The eleven-year-old sees beer  as “an important factor in future civilization as an emergency backup hydration and medical source” for astronauts who may need antiseptics and an alternative source of potable water. Now […]