The end of the world may be near, but if science gets its way, we'll still be able to brew beer afterward.
I mean, wouldn't you want to be drunk when the apocalypse comes? I would. Probably don't even have to go to work. German scientists agree, and that's why they are working on making barley (one of the key ingredients in beer) that can grow in drought-stricken nuclear wastelands.
As Oktoberfest rages on, geneticist Nils Stein is deciphering the genome of barley, looking for genes that could help the plant survive through droughts.
Also, apparently people, like, eat barley for food. So this is supposed to help with world hunger. But beer. Beer forever.
[H/T Mother Jones]