One Photographer's Quest to Figure Out What Causes Scotch Whisky Rings

Ernie Button is a photographer who, in his quest to join his wife in whisky drinking, started taking photos of his drinks. He noticed that certain types of the alcohol would leave behind complex patterns of rings and others would not. So his curiosity drove him to reach out to experts to find out why. » 11/24/14 9:00pm 11/24/14 9:00pm

The Legalization of Marijuana Could Reduce Alcoholism

Across the U.S., people are indulging in a drug that is imposing huge costs on themselves and society. It's called alcohol, and its excessive use has led to approximately 88,000 deaths per year. A growing body of research suggests marijuana could lower that number, since people who smoke pot tend to drink less. » 10/10/14 8:30am 10/10/14 8:30am

Alcohol May Have Different Pair-Bonding Effects On Males And Females

Alcohol is often referred to as a social lubricant, but its effects on pair bonding have not been fully explored. But a new experiment performed on prairie voles — a socially monogamous mammal — suggests that alcohol may cause males to be more drawn to strangers, while the opposite holds true for females. » 4/08/14 12:20pm 4/08/14 12:20pm

Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to the possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo… » 1/31/14 4:14pm 1/31/14 4:14pm