Category:  science

Brewchelor’s Degree

By , August 18, 2012 in Beer, bootleg, science

The official summer doesn’t end until September 21st, but that means nothing for most of us. Summer is done when school starts. Whether you’re ushering kiddies off to middle school (bless you), about to start your final year of college (f*** you), or somewhere in between (I feel you), that summer buzz dies when the first bell rings. But what if it didn’t? What if back-to-school was just a time to continue the party, or at least the science behind the party? For anyone lucky and bold enough to pursue a degree in fermentation science, this fantasy is the reality. After dabbling in three rounds of my own homebrew (IPA, Dubbel, Porter, in case you’re wondering), I can’t say I haven’t itched to test and grow my knowledge in a classroom setting, but three things are keeping my silly dreams at bay: 1. I’m already living out one set of… Read More »

Do the Worm: Unless Doing the Worm Constitutes Being Boring at a Party

By , February 2, 2012 in Administrative, science

Universal truth #1: Youth is wasted on the young. Universal truth #2: Alcohol’s anti-aging properties are wasted on the boring lab worms. You don’t know what I’m talking about? Where do you get your science, not Yahoo! News? Your loss, because now you don’t know about the elephant that got fit for contact lenses, the mummy with cancer, or the detachable penis spider. And you surely don’t know about last week’s report on C. elegans, a tiny worm that increases it’s life span with a drop of the sauce. Not only does it’s life span increase, but it more than doubles from 15 to 40 days! As with any academically merited news I share, there is much more “legitimate”, “academic”, “nerdy” content available in the source article, but I’m going to gloss over all that that for an unimportant, pseudo-made-up detail: This worm is no fun at all. It hangs… Read More »