Scientists find world's oldest beer, and it's not in the back of my fridge somehow

Science! Smithsonian reports that archaeologists have found the oldest direct evidence of beer in some ancient clay cups. This discovery is courtesy of a new technique that can tell the difference between compounds in sunscreen and wine—a difficult challenge, apparently. Now those same scientists are trying to brew a…

Aldi’s color-changing gin is magical, drinkable, and unavailable stateside

Earlier this year, we wrote about two Aldi spirits—Highland Black Scotch Whisky and Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt—that swiped awards at an international spirits competition. In that piece, we also bemoaned the fact that we, humble U.S.-based writers that we are, cannot enjoy said spirits, because Aldi doesn’t sell…

The Chinese Northern Tree Shrew can beat you in a hot pepper-eating contest

Science! It’s one of the best things about being alive, and when the worlds of science and food collide, it means I get use use an exclamation point with complete sincerity. Today’s nugget of emphatic exuberance comes courtesy of Popular Science—more specifically, a piece on the Chinese Northern Tree Shrew and its hot…

TIL eagles are just like that one friend who doesn't order fries, then eats all of yours

What didn’t I learn? Reading through a National Geographic piece about a bald eagle snatching up a fox who himself was snatching up a rabbit, I learned that bald eagles are kleptoparasites, which means they steal food or prey from other animals. This makes the mighty bald eagle an animal kingdom equivalent to your one…

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