16 Dec 2017

The case of the ballooning wine glasses

From This Way Up, 12:45 pm on 16 December 2017
man holding wine glass

Photo: Public domain

By scouring online auction sites, catalogues, department stores, and even Buckingham Palace, a team of scientists has determined that our wine glasses have got bigger... way bigger!

By studying the dimensions of 411 wine glasses dating from 1700 to the present-day, a team at Cambridge University has established that the glasses have ballooned in size, and are now over 7 times larger than they were in the 1700s – when they only held a measly 66ml.

This could be one of the reasons why levels of wine consumption have increased so dramatically in recent years and why alcohol is in the top 5 leading causes of premature death and disability in first world countries, the study suggests.

Also a potential breakthrough in the treatment of the degenerative brain condition Huntington's Disease.

The drug company Roche has licenced and is testing a DNA-based drug that can penetrate brain cells to block the production of a toxic protein involved in the development of the disease.