Science Jun 16

ScienceScope SS106 - Bumblebeer
Your next happy hour buzz, brought to you by bees

Only two species of yeast --- ale yeast and lager yeast -- have been used for traditional beer brewing over the last 600 years. A lab in North Carolina may have found a third in the strangest place: On bees…

Science Jul 10

A photograph from Dash Masland's art display "Beer DNA," visualizing the DNA of yeast used to brew beer. Photo by Dash Masland
There’s a story living in your beer’s DNA

Dash Masland has a British fungus hanging on her wall. The fungus, framed in a picture, is beer yeast and the main ingredient in the farmhouse-style beer brewed in her Maine-based microbrewery. It is also her muse. The marine…

Apr 07

8 things you didn’t know about beer

Today is National Beer Day, and beer is doing rather well these days. Sales in all types of American beer increased last year, resulting in a total value of $101.5 billion for the industry. On top of that, a craft…

Photo by Flickr user hakaider. Has all the talk about the debt ceiling left you wanting to reach for a cold one? Or several? How likely are they to be drowning their sorrows elsewhere in the world? You might…

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