Crowdsourcing A Beer On Facebook

According to Mashable, Sam Adams has released a Facebook app will allow users to crowdsource their own brew. Users will be able to choose various characteristics, such as color, clarity, body, hops and malt. The choices that prove most popular will be utilized to craft a “collaborative ale” that will be brewed next month. Unfortunately, the beer won’t be made available nationwide; it will be sold in select bars in Austin during South by Southwest in March and at the company’s Boston brewery.

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Red Wine-Heart Researcher Charged With Fraud

A scientist responsible for studying the link between aging and resveratrol, found in red wine, has been accused of committing more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, according to Reuters.

Dipak K. Das, who directed the University of Connecticut’s Cardiovascular Research Center, has been outed  by the university after it discovered the information. The university says it received an anonymous tip that led to an investigation beginning in 2008.

UConn was offered $890,000 in federal grants awarded to Das for his research, but declined to accept them in light of the new information. The university notified 11 scholarly journals – including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, where Das was an editor-in-chief – that published the research.

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PepsiCo Says It Has Evidence Of Fraud In Mouse In Mt. Dew Case

LegalNewsline reported that PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew, is gathering scientific evidence for a lawsuit brought against the company by a man who claims he found a dead mouse in his Mountain Dew can in 2009.

PepsiCo stated that the man has no evidence that the mouse was in the can when it left the bottling plant in 2008, adding that the company had proof that the mouse could not have been in the can for that period of time. PepsiCo enlisted a veterinary pathologist to examine the mouse, and found that it could not have been in the can that long because the acid in the soda would have eroded the body into a “jelly-like” substance.

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How Coca-Cola Brought Santa To Life

Much of the Christmas season revolves around the jolly man in the red suit, but how did he become so popular? It turns out that Coca-Cola, famous for its Santa cans, had a huge part in developing the modern St. Nick. Eatocracy sat down with Coca-Cola’s Vice President for Heritage Communications, Phil Mooney, about the company’s impact on this holiday icon. Click here for the full interview.

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Is Your Favorite Seasonal Food On The Naughty List?

Huffington Post recently released it’s ‘Naughty & Nice’ list of this year’s seasonal restaurant items, which includes everything from a gingerbread martini to red velvet hot chocolate. While some of these concoctions look rather tasty, some should go straight to the top of the naughty list.


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