We won’t hazard our theories on why Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night in the U.S., but scientists do have a new explanation for why our drinks attract unwanted visitors. In Episode 11 of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport takes a look at how and why an essential beer ingredient calls out to fruit flies. It’s a good thing.
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