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Science!
April 25, 2014
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Sometimes, there's nothing worse than getting accidentally intoxicated while trying to appear "fun" and "social" at a work mixer (we get it, it's hard to keep track of all that free beer). But what if we told you there was a real, scientific way to drink beer all night and keep your wits about you?

Boston Beer Company co-founder Jim Koch shared his simple secret to successfully staying sober with Esquire's Aaron Goldfarb:

Koch told me that for years he has swallowed your standard Fleischmann's dry yeast before he drinks, stirring the white powdery substance in with some yogurt to make it more palatable.

"One teaspoon per beer, right before you start drinking." [Esquire]

The trick, which Koch learned from late craft-beer legend Joe Owada, works because of a bit of chemistry: Active dry yeast contains an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). The ADH can break down alcohol into its separate parts, and if it's in your body before you start consuming alcohol, it will help break the alcohol down before it hits your bloodstream and your brain.

That's not to say that you can swallow 12 teaspoons of yeast, drink 12 beers, and remain stone-cold sober, though. "It will mitigate — not eliminate — but mitigate the effects of alcohol," Koch said. Still, the yeast will likely keep you at a light, coherent, and manageable buzz. Goldfarb even tested the trick out on his own, consuming six teaspoons of yeast and a six-pack of beer. "I felt nothing more than a little buzzed," he said.

So there you have it. Our yeasty little secret. Samantha Rollins

Ouch
10:23 a.m. ET
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An August pillow fight at the United States Military Academy, an annual tradition among freshmen, turned violent, The New York Times reported Friday. The West Point, New York, institution confirmed the Aug. 20 incident to the Times on Thursday after social media rumors of injuries circulated.

"My plebe [West Point's term for freshman] was knocked unconscious and immediately began fighting when he came to," an unnamed upperclassman wrote on Yik Yak. "I was so proud I could cry."

Some cadets reportedly packed helmets and other hard objects into their pillow cases. The academy said 30 cadets were injured, 24 with concussions. One freshman was knocked unconscious, and others suffered broken bones and dislocated shoulders.

"If you don’t come back with a bloody nose, you didn't try hard enough," one upperclassman commander reportedly told a freshman cadet.

No cadets have been punished so far, but there is an ongoing investigation. West Point called off the annual tradition in 2013 after a cadet injured others with a lockbox in a pillowcase during the 2012 event. A 1901 congressional inquiry on hazing shows the tradition dates back to at least 1897. Julie Kliegman

fault
8:24 a.m. ET
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No. 8 Rafael Nadal bowed out of the U.S Open early after falling in a grueling five-set match Friday night. The Spanish star led No. 32 Fabio Fognini of Italy after two sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but after nearly four hours, he was ousted 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

The third-round loss breaks Nadal's 10-year streak of winning at least one Grand Slam title. "The only thing it means is I played amazing the last 10 years," he said.

Fognini called his hard-earned upset a "mental victory."

"That was one of greatest, most spectacular comebacks you're ever going to see on a tennis court," tennis legend John McEnroe said. "The level that he played to mount that miraculous comeback will be remembered for a long time." Julie Kliegman

European migrant crisis
7:52 a.m. ET

About 4,000 migrants, many fleeing war in Syria, arrived in Austria early Saturday, where they were greeted by applause, food, and medical supplies. Many refugees, who Hungary agreed to bus, will request asylum in Austria, while others will continue on to Germany, BBC News reports.

Europe's ongoing migrant crisis has seen renewed attention in September after graphic photos emerged of a Syrian toddler's body washed up on a Turkish beach. The United Nations called on the European Union to help migrants Friday, one day after Hungary had forced migrants off of the nation's trains. Many of the migrants, including young children, had walked along Hungary's train tracks for hours toward Austria before boarding buses.

Officials say about 6,000 migrants still in Hungary are expected to reach Austria, CNN reports. Julie Kliegman

This just in
September 4, 2015
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Jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will reportedly appeal her contempt of court ruling and has no plans to resign as Rowan County clerk, her lawyer said Friday. Davis, who was sent to jail Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for defying the Supreme Court's order to issue same-sex marriage licenses, says she has a "clean conscience."

Though a deputy clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Davis' absence Friday, her attorney asserted that the licenses are void because she didn't authorize them. Samantha Rollins

Only in America
September 4, 2015
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Washington State University professors have warned students that using "oppressive and hateful language" such as "male," "female," and "illegal immigrant" will result in bad grades. But administrators promised to ensure that no student will be punished for "using terms that may be deemed offensive to some." The Week Staff

emailgate
September 4, 2015
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In a Friday interview with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once again refused to apologize for using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. "I'm sorry this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions," Clinton said.

While she admitted a personal server "wasn't the best choice," she maintained that she never knowingly broke the law. "This was fully above board, people knew I was using a personal email, I did it for convenience," Clinton said. "I sent emails that I thought were work related to people's dot gov accounts."

Watch the full interview over at NBC News. Becca Stanek

For those who have everything
September 4, 2015
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Jellyfish are "hypnotizing to watch," writes BlessThisStuff, so why not let them hypnotize you in your home or office? The Pulse 80 Jellyfish Aquarium ($1300) was designed with the special needs of jellyfish in mind, and it lets a human operator play with lighting effects. A remote control that governs the LED system lets you choose among thousands of colors and set the brightness and timing for flashes or color shifts. The aquarium is handmade from scratch-resistant cast acrylic and features a low-maintenance filtration system and an Italian-made pump designed to be virtually silent while operating. The Week Staff

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