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The Salt
2:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

When The Microbes Are Happy, The Brewer Is Happy

Yeast affects several aspects of beer including the foam, or head, that forms on the of the glass. If fermentation is too vigorous, too many of the foam-stabilizing proteins may be lost.
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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:38 pm

Yeast can be pretty demanding little buggers, despite being unicellular microscopic organisms. Brewers know they must appease them to get the beer they want.

"It's yeast-strain dependent, it's environment, it's temperature, oxygen levels," says Matt Brophy, brewmaster of Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Md. "There's a lot of variables that you need to have a high level of control over."

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Law
1:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court as the term began in October.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:09 pm

The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

But it is the Proposition 8 case from California that poses the thornier questions for the administration — questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make in the Supreme Court.

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Shots - Health News
1:06 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Feds Reject Mississippi's Plan For Insurance Exchange

The heath exchange Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had in mind got turned down by the federal government.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:51 pm

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who has been the driving force behind the creation of a state-based exchange, got his answer from the feds: Sure can't.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the plan Thursday, making Mississippi the only state to have its exchange blueprint nixed by the federal government.

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All Tech Considered
12:46 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Twitter's Vine App Raises Questions About Social Media Age Restrictions

Vine now has a 17+ rating in the Apple App Store, but is it enforceable?
NPR

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:01 pm

Vine, Twitter's new microvideo-sharing app for the iPhone, this week added a 17+ rating, saying that the app "contains age-restricted material." The change came after some users uploaded pornographic clips onto the app, which features 6-second (or

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Planet Money
12:42 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Real Story Of How Macklemore Got 'Thrift Shop' To No. 1

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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:09 pm

The No. 1 song in the country right now is "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a rap group out of Seattle. Their claim to fame: They got the song to the top of the chart by themselves, without being signed by a major label.

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