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People sample beers at Savor, a craft beer show, at the Building Museum in Washington on June 8, 2012. (Nicholas  Kamm/AFP/GettyImages)
People sample beers at Savor, a craft beer show, at the Building Museum in Washington on June 8, 2012. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/GettyImages)

Researchers at the University of Valladolid in Spain have created a machine that can accurately identify what type of beer is in your hands. The...

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