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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 …

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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 …

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

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 of the Utah army national guard base. The ice-capped Rockies soar in the distance.<p>To the right there is little to see: …

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

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 asked a fellow inmate to etch two words in Gothic script down each of his outer forearms.<p>On his right arm he wrote DEAD. On his …

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 Continue reading...

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

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 up planets.<p>The online petition, created on 14 November 2012, urged the White House "to secure funding and resources, and …

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

Previously unheralded Canadian astronaut, 53, brings space's beauty and banality to new generation – helped by his web-savvy sons, reports <b>Allan Woods</b><p>Published: 22 Feb 2013<p>The new infrared view of the nebula is radically different from those seen with optical telescopes<p>Published: 20 Feb 2013<p>Welsh …

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 …

Animal astronauts: the unsung heroes of space exploration

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 effects of zero gravity and extreme pressure on the body, and their modern-day counterparts are used in experiments on board …

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 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 precautionary "safe mode" on Sunday, when a command file failed a check by protective software on board the mobile science …

Death penalty statistics, country by country | visualisation and data

After the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, the brutality of North Korea's regime has once again come under the international spotlight. In a broader context, is the attention warranted? Find out who uses the death penalty today - and see how it compares to 2007<p>• Get the data<br>• North Korea executes …

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

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.<p>The files provided by Edward …

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

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

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

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 companies a deal: they could publish the number of secret national security requests, but only if it was …

NSA surveillance: narrow defeat for amendment to restrict data collection

The first major legislative challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans was defeated by only a narrow margin on Wednesday, sending a clear signal to the Obama administration that congressional anger about the extent of domestic …

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 …