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This Cocktail Concocted By IBM's Watson Isn't Half Bad

The surreal strength of IBM’s famous supercomputer, Watson, is now available to the public (for a fee). And to mark the occasion, the company threw a little party last week and served a very blue cocktail. Naturally, I whipped up my own slight variation when I got back to the office. I call it the Big Blue Hurricane.


Why Beer Isn't Sold In Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it’s cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is there another factor at play?


How Pabst Brought A 136-Year-Old Beer Back From The Dead

Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavour and character. A beer that was supposedly America’s first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavourless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until today.


We'll Soon Know What Space Whisky Tastes Like

Along with being insanely awesome, having a permanent, human-inhabited structure such as the ISS orbiting Earth gives us the opportunity to just put stuff in space simply to see what happens to it. NASA’s got the whole plants-on-the-moon thing covered, leaving the ISS available for more important work… like observing, and eventually tasting, zero-G whisky.


The US Once Poisoned Alcohol Supplies To Scare People Away From Drinking

Today I found out that in an effort to scare people away from drinking alcohol, the US government once poisoned certain alcohol supplies; this resulted in the death of over 10,000 citizens. This, of course, was during Prohibition. The government became frustrated with the fact that despite the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol being banned, the number of people drinking alcoholic beverages was markedly higher than it was before Prohibition. So to try to get people to stop drinking, the government decided to try a scare tactic.


Fermenting Beer Time Lapse Shows One Beautiful Breathing Sludge Monster

Watching the fermentation process of beer is a lot like seeing a brown sludge monster grow in strength. It’s not pretty. But then you remember how delicious beer tastes and how wonderful it makes you feel and you forgive it for looking so unsightly. Or at least I did. I think this time lapse is beautiful.


Beer Pong Ball Washer Solves Every Uni Student's Worst Nightmare

There’s two problems with beer pong. First: drinking beer blessed by a ball that’s been rolling around on an apartment floor. Second: the lack of Kickstarter daydream machines to solve problem number one. Behold the solution to exactly one of those problems: the Clean Cup.


Scientists Engineered Mutant Worms That Can't Get Drunk

A team of researchers recently did something extraordinary. They made a genetic tweak to worms’ brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms’ genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. And humans have a similar molecular channel.


How Scotch Was Invented

Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life”, and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky, often nutty, occasionally fruity elixir is poorly known, and in fact, its precise origin is lost to the mists of time (or more likely, drinking Scotch).


Why People Look More Attractive When You're Drinking

Anyone who has been in a crowded bar around closing time would agree that the higher your alcohol consumption, the more attractive you seem to find whoever you happen to be flirting with at last call.


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