Beer-Fueled Politics In Denver
May30

Beer-Fueled Politics In Denver

Denver, Colo., is the host of this year's Democratic National Convention, and it is also the home of the Coors Brewing Company. And because politics makes for some strange bedfellows, Democratic Party bigwigs and pooh-bahs will be shuttled around during the convention in flex-fuel cars powered by beer--waste beer, that is. "Molson Coors, along with its U.S. subsidiary, Coors Brewing Company, will be the Official E85 Ethanol Producer for the convention," the Environmental News Service reported recently. Molson Coors is donating all the ethanol fuel for 400 General Motors flex-fuel vehicles to be used for the convention's transportation needs. Coors produces about 3 million gal of beer per year. It has been recycling waste beer since 1996 and is the first U.S. brewer to convert waste beer into ethanol. Waste beer is beer that is lost during packaging or is considered to be below quality standards. The company claims that producing ethanol from beer helps it eliminate about 70 tons of volatile organic compounds from air emissions annually. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper adds that the initiative highlights "Colorado's historic status as an energy and beer capital, as well as its reputation for environmental and economic innovation." Photo:...

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Where Chic Geeks Meet To Eat
Apr30

Where Chic Geeks Meet To Eat

In the Central Square section of Cambridge, Mass., lies the Miracle of Science Bar & Grill. If you guessed from the name that Massachusetts Institute of Technology is nearby, you're right, and the decor is distinctly scientific. The menu is displayed periodic table-style on a chalkboard (the prices are where the atomic weights would be) and is organized according to entrée type--appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, etc. Hb is hamburger, Cb is cheeseburger, C1 and C2 are chicken skewers and Br is a dessert brownie. The tables look like lab benches, drinks are served in beakers, and condiments arrive in test tubes. Overall, it sounds like a place for pub grub and beer. A review in the April 20, 2007, edition of The Tech, MIT's campus paper, concluded, "Overall the food was pretty good, though nothing really to write home about." Although the student reviewer thought the food was expensive, the prices he quoted sounded average to me; here in the D.C. area, a $7.50 hamburger is not unusual. Reviews on Yelp.com confirm my impression that this place is a stop, not a destination. Still, it sounds like the kind of place where you go once just so you can say that you've been. A tip of the toque to the Serious Eats blog, where I found this story. Photo: Scott Beale/Laughing...

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Well, If It's For Science …
Apr29

Well, If It's For Science …

“Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a year” reads the headline on this story at CNN.com. Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, are looking for 150 women to eat chocolate every day for a year. The objective is to determine whether a natural compound in cocoa could cut the risk of heart disease among women with diabetes. According to the story, “A Belgian confectionist has created the special chocolate bar containing high levels of flavonoids--a plant compound that has been shown to reduce heart risk factors--to be used in the experiment. Soy, another natural source of flavonoids, has also been added to the bar.” Researchers are looking for postmenopausal women under the age of 70 to participate in the study. The women will have their risk of heart disease tested five times during the year to see whether change occurs. Aedin Cassidy, who is heading up the research, says the scientists hope to show that adding flavonoids to women’s diets will provide additional protection from heart...

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