Can Consumers Recognize the Taste of their Favorite Beer? (podcast #99)

Do people delude themselves about prizing — or even recognizing — recognizing the taste of their favorite beer? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published taste-this-beer, taste-that-beer study. Yale/MIT/Harvard biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas lends his voice, and his scientific expertise, […]

Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year in beer breakthrough

Dr. Anne A. Madden, the 2015 Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year, is part of the team that made a beer-related breakthrough in the study and manipulation of yeast. Dr. Madden is pictured here (in a photo by Lauren Nichols), examining yeast cultures: Dr. Madden will make a special appearance next week in the Twenty Fifth 1st […]

Booze, beer, and another way to protect mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can be resilient, but even they can use some help in surviving a sterilizing bout of x-ray radiation. This study studies several kinds of help: “The effect of the radio-protective agents ethanol, trimethylglycine, and beer on survival of X-ray-sterilized male Aedes aegypti.” Stacy D. Rodriguez, Ramaninder K. Brar, Lisa L. Drake [pictured here], Hannah […]

Partially drunk people can appear more attractive

There’s yet another twist in research news about drunkenness and the perception of beauty. The 2013 Ig Nobel psychology prize was awarded to Laurent Bègue [FRANCE], Brad Bushman [USA, UK, the NETHERLANDS, POLAND], Oulmann Zerhouni [FRANCE], Baptiste Subra [FRANCE], and Medhi Ourabah [FRANCE], for confirming, by experiment, that people who think they are drunk also think they […]

Hot dogs (canines) with hops

Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) should if possible avoid hops (Humulus lupulus). For dogs ingesting hops can, and often do, overheat to an alarming, sometimes life-threatening degree. *see note. The physiological pathways involved are as yet  poorly understood  unknown. See: Toxicology Brief: Hops Make Dogs Hot, Veterinary Technician, August 2013 (Vol 34, No 8). * Note: […]

Further on the physics of froth

Hard and soft on the heels of the announcement about beer foam’s anti-spillage property comes other news about beer foam research: “Physics of Beer Tapping,” Javier Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Almudena Casado-Chacón, and Daniel Fuster, Physical Review Letters, 113, 214501, 20 November 2014. The authors report: “The popular bar prank known in colloquial English as beer tapping consists in […]