Laser technique authenticates whiskey without cracking the seal

A team of scientists at the University of St Andrews has developed a laser spectroscopy technique that can determine the authenticity of expensive vintage whiskey without having to open the bottle to retrieve a sample for analysis.Continue ReadingCateg… Continue reading Laser technique authenticates whiskey without cracking the seal

Fecal transplants show promise treating alcoholism in first human trial

A first-of-its-kind Phase 1 clinical trial, from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, has found fecal transplants may be helpful in reducing drinking behaviors in those suffering severe alcohol use disorder (AUD). The results are preliminar… Continue reading Fecal transplants show promise treating alcoholism in first human trial

Graphene Prints More Smoothly Under the Influence of Alcohol

If you’ve ever sloshed coffee out of your mug and watched the tiny particles scurry to the edges of the puddle, then you’ve witnessed a genuine mystery of fluid mechanics called the coffee ring effect. The same phenomenon happens with spilled wine, and with functional inks like graphene.

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Smartphone sensors can detect if you’ve had one too many

We’ve already heard about various smartphone-linked devices that determine if the user is intoxicated. According to a new study, though, even a phone on its own can be used to measure a person’s drunkenness.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Univer… Continue reading Smartphone sensors can detect if you’ve had one too many

Pigs fed on liquor leftovers are less stressed, giving better meat

A team led by researchers at the University of Tokyo has shown that feeding pigs on the waste barley waste left over from the distillation of the Japanese liquor shochu makes for more relaxed pigs and results in tastier pork.Continue ReadingCategory: S… Continue reading Pigs fed on liquor leftovers are less stressed, giving better meat

The bizarre tale of the world’s oldest cognac

Only three bottle were known of the 1762 Gautier Cognac. The bottle pictured was auctioned by Bonhams in New York on April 30, 2014, selling to Polish company Wealth Solutions for US$59,500 and has subsequently been opened and its contents dispersed into a range of high-priced merchandise - watches, coins and fountain pens. Another of the bottles is now in the Gautier Museum and can be expected to remain there for the foreseeable future. The third and largest bottle will sell at auction on May 28, 2020. It is the only publicly available bottle of the world's oldest Cognac, and competition to own it is expected to be ferocious.

The only remaining bottle of the world’s oldest cognac will sell at auction next week, and will almost certainly set a new price record for a bottle of the famous French brandy. Like many of the world’s most expensive cognacs, the bottle of Gautier Cognac was made prior to the phylloxera plague that wiped out Europe’s grapevines in the late 19th century.

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Old alcoholism drug shows potential as new anti-obesity treatment

New research from an international team of scientists has found an old drug, used for over half a century to treat alcoholism, could be repurposed as a useful anti-obesity medication. The animal study saw the drug prevent obesity and improve metabolic … Continue reading Old alcoholism drug shows potential as new anti-obesity treatment

The Auto-Bartender

It’s the end of the academic semester for many students around the globe, so here comes the flurry of DIY projects. Always a great time to check out all the cool hacks from our readers all over the world. One project that piques our interest comes courtesy of [Jason Ummel] …read more

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Brain region that influences binge drinking identified

New animal research from scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina has found binge drinking can be controlled by blocking a key brain region linked to emotion-related behavior. The mouse studies suggest blocking certain opioid receptors in… Continue reading Brain region that influences binge drinking identified