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Shaking Up Guinness Drinkers: Why a Martini Glass May Be Best for the Brew

(Article from, Rachael Rettner)

Beer connoisseurs would certainly give you an odd look if you imbibed your Guinness from a martini glass.

But one mathematician says this actually might be the best glass to serve Guinness in because it allows the beer's bubbles to settle faster.

William Lee, a professor of mathematics at the University of Huddersfield in England, has studied the unique flow of bubbles in the creamy stout, and recently weighed in on which type of glassware would hypothetically be best to serve the famous Irish beer in.

"People think that the Guinness glass is designed to optimize the...

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Cranberries, With a Side of Science

Photo by Erika Saalau, Mass Cranberry Station
(Article from, Chau Tu)
There are certain things that might come to mind when thinking about cranberries: A certain shade of red, a certain small size, and a certain kind of tartness. But these characteristics can differ among cranberry varieties—of which there are more than 100, according to Carolyn DeMoranville, an associate extension professor and station director at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Cranberry Station.

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Halloween Science Connections!

Source: Science Buddies

As Halloween approaches, there are a number of ways you can tie science in with activities and projects that let kids get hands-on with things slimy, ghoulish, gross, light-up, or glow-in-the-dark. For the trick-or-treat crowd, there are plenty of candy-themed experiments to help kids whittle down—or statistically analyze—some of their All Hallows' Eve loot, too!

Browse the following list of inspired Halloween science activities and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) connections to bring science to life for your kids and students this October:

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Chemistry Nobel Prize goes to 3-D snapshots of life’s atomic details

Winners are recognized for their roles in developing cryo-electron microscopy

By: Carolyn Gramling  and Laurel Hamers

October 4, 2017

Source: Science News

An imaging technique that freezes tiny biological objects such as proteins and viruses in place so that scientists can peer into their structures at the scale of atoms has won its developers the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, won for their contributions to the development of...

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Superbugs may meet their match in these nanoparticles

‘Quantum dots’ mess with bacteria’s defenses, allowing antibiotics to work

SourceScience News

Antibiotics may have a new teammate in the fight against drug-resistant infections.

Researchers have engineered nanoparticles to produce chemicals that render bacteria more vulnerable to antibiotics. These quantum dots, described online October 4 in Science Advances, could help combat pathogens that have developed resistance to antibiotics (SN: 10/15/16, p. 11).

“Various superbugs are evolving too rapidly to be counteracted by traditional drugs,” says Zhengtao Deng, a chemist at Nanjing University in China not involved in the...

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