After college kids who have three too many all-you-can-drink mimosas and activists who believe Mother’s Day brunches are the best places to take a stand about animal rights, nothing ruins breakfast like spoiled milk. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan feel your pain — so they’re developing 3-D “smart caps” to sense bacterial levels in containers (specifically with milk and juices in mind).

By incorporating microelectrical components into the caps, the devices can measure “capacitance changes of the liquid food due to its deterioration over time,” the researchers wrote in a recent study in Microsystems & Nanoengineering. It’s a little more reliable and less potentially pungent than the ol’ sniff-to-see-if-this-is-still-OK test.

Even if you’re lactose intolerant, the device could change the way you consume food. The researchers say that the innovation could have broader applications beyond milk, by, for example, checking the app while you’re in the grocery store for food on the shelves. Drink up.

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New research suggests that colder climates can foster an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Turning to booze during times of wintry malaise is nothing new. It’s cold and there’s not much to do besides stay inside — to not drink takes more creativity. But while wintertime drinking may seem as natural as a Russian slugging a vodka or a Wisconsinite sipping a beer, this relationship has never been quantified scientifically. So the question becomes: Do all cold people really drink more, or do we just think that to make ourselves feel better?

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the recent discovery of an Earth-like, frozen planet orbiting one of our neighboring stars. For one, it represents the culmination of years of searching for exoplanets, and two, as one scientist involved in the search tells Inverse, it may open the floodgate to finding more potentially habitable planets in the future.

It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

Debuting the West Coast’s first interplanetary launch on May 5, NASA’s InSight lander embarked on a 54.6-million kilometer (about 33.9 million mile) trip to the Red Planet. Tasked with the unique mission of exploring the interior of Mars — during which it’ll deal with everything from Mars-quakes to internal heat flow — the lander needs to successfully complete a six-minute, white knuckle-inducing process before it can get to work: landing on Mars.