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Party like it's 1933! Beers to celebrate the end of Prohibition

April marks the 80th anniversary of the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, which legalized the sale – and government taxation – of beer and wine with an alcohol content of 4 percent alcohol by volume.<p>While this is pretty weak sauce by today’s boozy standards, people lined up at taverns and breweries for …

Is anyone still interested in a definition of craft beer?

Science fact: How to keep a bottle of beer cold? Keep it dry

The dew on that glass – as romantic-looking as it is – is doing more harm than good.<p>Okay, there’s global warming and nuclear North Korea and some …

Celebrating American Craft Beer Week

Categorized under: Original Articles<p>As times get crazy, it’s difficult to stay on top of everything — thank you for supporting <b>2Beerguys.com</b> over the …

The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery Second Ed. now available

<i>Sponsored Press Release:</i><p>(Boulder, CO) – New breweries are popping up across America nearly every day, but that doesn’t mean that the craft brewing …

SDSU Certificate Breaks Down The Business Of Beer

San Diego State will soon offer a certificate for anyone who has thought about turning an interest in local brews into a professional pursuit.<p>— Craft …

Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

Hawaii Offers Homeless One-Way Tickets

High-Cost Payday Lenders Are Fighting Back

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she did her …

Why it’s so hard to stop college cost inflation in the US

With the fracas in Washington over how to stop student loan interest rates from spiking, there’s more attention than ever on the student loan “bubble.” To pinpoint apt solutions, it’s worth considering the college loan issue as a version of two already irksome public policy problems: the debt …

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Welcome to Utah, the NSA's desert home for eavesdropping on America

The NSA's new $1.7bn facility in the heart of Mormon country has the potential to snoop on US citizens for decades to come<p>Drive south down Camp Williams Road, a highway outside Salt Lake City, and your eye is drawn to the left. A gun-mounted helicopter and other military hardware marks the entrance …

Jailed for life at age 14: US supreme court to consider juvenile sentences

Court to decide constitutionality of cases like Quantel Lotts's – who as a teenager was handed a life sentence without parole<p>When Quantel Lotts was 17 he put together a makeshift tattoo gun using the motor of an old Walkman casette player and a stylus fashioned from a sharpened staple. Then he …

A flyby of Venus, a dying galaxy and a birthday toast to Edgar Allan Poe – in pictures

In the week a millionaire promised a hair-raising roundtrip to Mars for a lucky couple, we let you swing by the planet Venus, glimpse the fate of the Milky Way and pay tribute to a master of the macabre on Mercury – all from the comfort of your own home

World's most powerful telescopes begin observation – video

An £870m observatory has begun operating in a Chilean desert. The Alma group of telescopes can delve deeper into space than ever before and study wavelengths invisible to the human eye. It is thought the observations could lead to the discovery of more planets and solar systems

Russia considers nuclear explosives to combat meteorites - video

Russia is considering proposals to establish nuclear explosives in space to combat meteorites. Scientists are assessing the possibility of such a preventative measure, after hundreds were injured in the Chelyabinsk region during a meteor shower last month. Oleg Shubin, director of the state nuclear …

White House Death Star petition is a no-go

Petition urging building of Star Wars-style weapon system rejected as 'administration does not support blowing up planets'<p>The US government has rejected a petition urging it to build a "Death Star", claiming it was too expensive, conceptually flawed and did not fit in with the policy of not blowing …

Every meteorite fall on earth mapped | News | theguardian.com

Pluto's moons campaign backed by Star Trek's William Shatner - video

An online poll to decide a name for a pair of Pluto's newly discovered moons is taking place in the US. Star Trek actor William Shatner, along with fans of the TV show, is campaigning for one of the celestial bodies to be called Vulcan after the home planet of Spock. Pluto's three other known moons …

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High-resolution Nasa images show magnetic braids of the sun - video

Nasa images of the sun's outer atmosphere, the highest resolution pictures ever achieved. The agency launched the High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, on 11 July 2012 from White Sands missile range in New Mexico. Hi-C's image sequences show the twisting up or braiding of the magnetic field that …

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Animal astronauts: the unsung heroes of space exploration

Albert (I and II) the monkeys, Laika the dog, Felix the cat, and other animals – a brief history of non-human space flight<p>From intrepid turtles to pioneering jellyfish, a host of animals have made their mark as the unsung heroes of space exploration.<p>Early animal astronauts were used to test the …

Mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah – in pictures

Photojournalist Jim Urquhart always wanted to go into space. Here he comes close to his dream, documenting a team of scientists who are using the Utah desert as a dry run for future missions to Mars

Mars Curiosity rover to continue roving after technical glitch

Nasa mission controllers will put Curiosity through basic moves in cautious return to active service after it went into safe mode<p>Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.<p>The $2.5bn rover went into a …

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Death penalty statistics, country by country | visualisation and data | World news | theguardian.com

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

Groundbreaking Columbia law school study sets out in shocking detail the flaws that led to Carlos DeLuna's execution in 1989<p>• Highlights from our Reddit discussion with Ed Pilkington and James Liebman<p>A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls • Company says it is legally compelled to comply<p>Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows …

Tech firms should be allowed to publish more data on US surveillance

The 'deal' the government offered tech firms to publish limited data is a joke. We need real transparency<p>Following the leaks about NSA surveillance, people demanded information about the scope and scale of the US government's data collection. In response, the administration offered internet …

NSA surveillance: narrow defeat for amendment to restrict data collection

First major challenge to NSA's bulk collection of phone records defeated by only 217 votes to 205 in House of Representatives • The full roll call of votes<p>The first major legislative challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans was defeated …

Kansas firm recalls 50,000 pounds of raw ground beef

The company also recalled 22,000 pounds of raw ground meat on June 18<p>A Kansas company has recalled approximately 50,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.<p>No illnesses have been reported linked to the …

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