Wine connoisseurs will be happy to know a new gadget will allow them to turn water into wine — literally.
It's called The Miracle Machine, and its creators claim with just a couple affordable ingredients and a few days, it can create wine just as good as any bottle found at the store.
Users can select recipes and even track the wine's maturing process from an accompanying iPhone or Android smartphone app via Bluetooth. (Via Vimeo / The Miracle Machine)
The science behind it is simple. Its creators say they can speed up the fermentation process of a yeast and grape concentrate mixture by using a little heat in a controlled environment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, "The refractometer measures the sugar content, a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air to aerate the wine and soften the tannins, and the transducer is used to speed up the wine's flavor development."
And to get that aged taste, The Huffington Post reports adding some finishing powder will impart flavors that will make the wine taste like it has aged for some time.
There are similar countertop machines currently on the market, such as the PicoBrew Zymatic, an appliance that took the beer-brewing process to a smaller scale. (Via Kickstarter / PicoBrew)
And the Sodastream, which instantly turns water into soda by mixing in carbonation and flavored syrup. (Via YouTube / SodaStreamGuru)
According to Discovery, the gadget is currently in its funding stage and its inventors will soon launch a Kickstarter page to raise money. Along with the machine, the company is planning to offer all ingredients needed to create different types of wine through its website.
The Miracle Machine is set to retail for about $500, but with bundled ingredients at only $2 a pack, it might just be worth it.
Embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens his inner circle and decade-long rule, Turkey's prime minister is now looking to silence his political foes by banning social media sites like Facebook and YouTube.
In an attempt to stem leaked phone calls involving questionable dealings that have tarnished his reputation ahead of local elections, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ATV he intends to block Facebook and YouTube in the country.
"We won't allow the people to be devoured by YouTube, Facebook or others," quotes The New York Times. When asked whether that included shutting down the sites, Erdogan replied: ”That included. Because these people or institutions are (using social media) for all kinds of immorality, all kinds of espionage and spying."
By spying, he's referring to the aforementioned leaked phone conversations, which implicate him in some rather unethical dealings.
In one call he is heard meddling in a court case against a media patron, and in another he demands a media executive drop news coverage of his political rival. Both of those conversations, he has acknowledged, are genuine. (Via Euronews)
Perhaps the most damning leak, however, came from a call between Erdogan and his son, which Erdogan has called a "fabrication."
In that conversation, Erdogan allegedly instructs his son to dispose of large sums of money on the same day police carried out raids on the homes of former prime ministers' sons as part of a bribery investigation. (Via BBC)
As you may have guessed, those conversations and the ensuing outrage having been playing out heavily on Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites.
Turkey ranks in the top 15 in the world for Facebook usage, with more than 80 percent of Turkey's Internet users and nearly half of the country's total population actively using the site. (Via CNN)
The Wall Street Journal notes YouTube was banned sporadically in Turkey between 2007 and 2010, but that banning such sites now "would leapfrog Turkey into a small club of nations that blocks access to [certain] social-networking site[s], including Syria, China, Iran and Turkmenistan."
Erdogan has already taken steps to limit the damage of the leaked phone calls, expanding government control over the Internet, and removing hundreds of police officers and prosecutors to stall his corruption investigation.
Despite earlier approval from Turkey's President Abdullah Gul for Erdogan's expanded Internet control, he has now come out against Erdogan, claiming that a ban on Faceook and YouTube is "out of the question." (Via PBS)
As president, Gul has the ability to veto laws should Erdogan pass legislation banning social media sites. The proposal could also be sent the country's constitutional court, where it would likely be struck down for violating the right to freedom of expression.
Surprisingly, a California woman stung more than 1,000 times by a swarm of bees is expected to be OK.
Firefighters say the unidentified 71-year-old woman was a covered in a "suit of bees" when they arrived on scene. (Via KABC)
"The bees, about 75,000 of them, made a hive inside a fiber optic phone line utility box. You can see the honeycomb on the lid. Had to be rescued by having a blanket thrown over her head and taken inside by her neighbor." (Via KCBS)
At least five firefighters, one Verizon employee
, and neighbors were also stung by the bees. The Desert Sun reports the five firefighters were taken to the hospital for their injuries, but are expected to be OK.
Authorities made a reverse 911 call to the area, telling everyone within 2 miles of the incident to stay indoors and away from the bees.
, a Cal Fire Battalion Chief told ABC, , this problem with bees seems to be growing. "In 20 years I've never been on a case like this ... In Southern California , we're starting to hear bees are becoming more prevalent in the area."
The bees are reportedly Africanized bees, or known more commonly as killer bees. As their name suggests, their stings can be fatal. (Via National Geographic)
One insect removal expert told ABC the phone box where the bees were found was supposed to be bee-proof and whoever serviced the box last may have improperly secured it.
San Francisco police announced Sunday afternoon that an arrest has been made in connection with the Saturday shooting in the Mission District that left an officer injured.
Authorities issued a statement shortly before 2 p.m. announcing that 50-year-old San Francisco resident Jeffery Ruano, one of three people detained at the termination of a multi-county pursuit that ended in San Jose early Sunday morning, has been arrested in connection with the Saturday shooting.
At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officers detained three people at McKee Road and North 33rd Street in San Jose, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The three occupants in the vehicle, Ruano and two females were detained and interviewed. The two females were interviewed and released pending further investigation.
The incident began on Saturday when officers responded to a report of malicious activity in the 1300 block of Florida Street in San Francisco around 2:45 p.m., San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza.
The driver of a suspicious vehicle started to back up as two officers approached, Esparza said.
An officer who approached the driver's side of the vehicle was hit by gunfire and a second officer shot multiple rounds at the car causing glass to shatter, he said.
The vehicle fled the scene and officers could not tell if the suspect was struck by gunfire, Esparza said.
The injured officer was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and underwent surgery. He was in serious but stable condition as of Saturday evening, according to Esparza.
Police officer that was injured was identified Sunday as Adam Shaw, who works out of the Mission Station. Officer Shaw is out of surgery and recovering.
Ruano will face multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon (the vehicle being the weapon), being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, driving in excess of 100 m.p.h., evading police officers and a misdemeanor warrant.
Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff is considering moving the team to a temporary location if he can't extend a two-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday that Wolff is considering an existing venue or constructing a temporary stadium somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area to house the A's if he can't extend the lease. The lease expires after the 2015 season.
The A's have been searching for a new home for five years and Major League Baseball has turned down their proposal to build a new stadium in San Jose. A judge tossed out the city of San Jose's lawsuit claiming MLB violated antitrust laws in blocking the A's move south. The city is appealing.