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  • The science behind nonalcoholic spirits

    Alcohol consumption has been decreasing in the United States in recent years. According to the research firm Bernstein, the average alcohol consumption has dropped from 10.34 liters per person in 1980 to 8.65 liters per person in 2017. One possible reason for this decrease is increased awareness of alcohol's health impacts and the wellness movement. Another is the rise of the experience economy, w...

    SciTech | January 27, 2020
  • Genetic association for left-handedness

    About 90 percent of the human population is right-handed — this has been the case for the last 10,000 years. But what sets lefties apart? A new study published in the journal Brain has identified the specific genes that are related to which hand you prefer.

    SciTech | September 16, 2019
  • Rectennas: converting radio waves into electricity

    We are constantly surrounded by energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take advantage of it? In a recently published paper in the journal Nature, a future Carnegie Mellon University faculty member, Dr. Xu Zhang, and co-authors describe a novel device that can charge electronics using the energy from radio frequency waves, including Wi-Fi signals.

    SciTech | February 4, 2019
  • Do you enjoy the bitter taste of coffee? It could be in your genes

    A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that sensitivity to the bitter taste of caffeine increased people’s coffee consumption. Scientists have differing opinions on the evolutionary purpose of bitterness perception. “The conventional answer is that taste is a sentinel that protects us from harm. It allows us to sense toxins, poisons” explains Dr. Danielle Reed, a resear...

    SciTech | December 3, 2018
  • Graphene as a superconductor? Double layers could be the key

    The familiar is often overlooked. A recent paper published in the journal Science Advances describes a newly-discovered property of double layers of graphene that may make it possible to turn the material into a superconductor. The system has been studied before, because it is also a semiconductor with a band gap, but never with instruments sensitive enough to recognize the necessary properties ...

    SciTech | November 19, 2018