Yes, Oxytocin Makes You More Trusting and Generous. So Does Booze.

“The Moral Molecule.” “The Cuddle Hormone.” If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve heard about many of the near-magical effects of the hormone oxytocin on the brain. It makes people more altruistic. It reduces anxiety and increases trust. But it’s not the only chemical that affects the brain that… » 5/21/15 11:55am 5/21/15 11:55am

The beautiful ancient art of making sake

Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan is a 144 year old family brewery that makes sake the old fashioned way. That is, they make sake in a way that preserves a 2000 year old tradition. Erik Shirai made a beautiful short of the people at Yoshida and the process of making sake in his film The Birth of Sake and it looks… » 4/16/15 4:49pm 4/16/15 4:49pm

The making of this black crystal bottle is ridiculously precious

There's a problem when you make things too precious, people are going to be afraid to use it. Take this Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac bottle, it's made by Baccarat Crystal and passes through the hands of twenty people before it's finished. Sure, it's fun to see black crystal transformed into a decanter for liquor… » 4/07/15 5:58pm 4/07/15 5:58pm

A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way—and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them. » 3/30/15 11:05am 3/30/15 11:05am

Watching beer cans get made is like seeing a ballet of machines at work

New Zealand craft brewery Garage Project reveals how they make their Hops on Pointe beer cans and it's like watching a machinery ballet unfold before our eyes. It's funny to imagine these big honking machines made of metal and wires dressed in tutus but there is a surprising elegance to the can making process. » 2/25/15 11:54pm 2/25/15 11:54pm

Our Ancestors Developed a Love For Alcohol Millions of Years Ago

Obviously, alcohol's been a part of human society for a very long time. We started making it at roughly the same time we figured out agriculture, 9,000 years ago. A new study on our now-extinct ancestors revealed that they developed the ability to metabolize alcohol when they started going down to forest floors, about… » 2/06/15 12:48am 2/06/15 12:48am

How to Drink All Night at the Holiday Party and Not Be That Guy

Listen, drinking all night is not healthy. But it's holiday party season, that perfect storm of open bar and all of your colleagues waiting to see who will be this year's obnoxious, puking, passed out and/or dead person at the party. Don't be that guy. » 12/12/14 5:00pm 12/12/14 5:00pm

First off, let's review the science of drunk. In order to survive…

Morphing Cocktails Are the Perfect Halloween BOOze

Look, cocktails are great. You know it, I know it. But after you pour one and then it just sits there, being all delicious. How mouth-wateringly boring, right? Well, in honor of tonight's revelry, we've got a handful of morphing cocktails that bring a heavy dose of eye-candy. They should pair nicely with the heavy… » 10/31/14 5:00pm 10/31/14 5:00pm

Fireball Whisky contains an antifreeze ingredient

Fireball is a ragingly popular, sickly sweet elixir that's taken America by storm. Fireball is also made with propylene glycol, a common ingredient in some antifreezes. That's an unsettling fact, so unsettling that Norway, Sweden, and Finland just recalled the booze. But it's not necessarily as unsettling as it sounds. » 10/29/14 2:46pm 10/29/14 2:46pm

I Took a Bath in a Giant Tub of Beer (For My Health)

The Czech Republic is a nation renowned for its beer. The home of Pilsner, with first class breweries everywhere you turn, you're as likely to find a great place to stop off for a pint on its street corners as you are to see a Starbucks or McDonalds in the U.S.. However, for my recent trip to the Czech Republic I… » 10/10/14 5:00pm 10/10/14 5:00pm