5 Ways Coffee Fights Cancer

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Will coffee help keep you cancer-free? Possibly. Coffee reduces the risk of certain cancers, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Of course, there's no guarantee that a coffee habit will ensure a cancer-free life: cancers are complex and for that matter, coffee's got its own mysteries. But mounting evidence suggests moderate coffee drinking may help reduce the risks of these cancers: Basal Cell Carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer) Colorectal … [Read more...]

Why Bees Buzz to Caffeine

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As it turns out, bees like caffeine. Maybe that's why they buzz... Bees, as we know, are important for pollination and help ensure plant species survival. Apparently, as with humans, caffeine is attractive to bees in moderate levels, but it's toxic in high levels. Is this nature's way of getting bees addicted to certain plants? Bees Self-Regulate Their Caffeine Given a choice, bees will select mildly caffeinated nectar over non-caffeinated nectar. Bees also prefer nectar with some nicotine, … [Read more...]

Brain Candy: Sugar May Boost Coffee’s Effects

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Sugar + caffeine = synergy? Combo boosts memory + attention, says one study.  Glucose and caffeine boost brain tasks: Sugar-sweetened coffee improves working memory and sustained attention, according to a study published in 2010 by University of Barcelona researchers. They found that glucose (in the form of sugar) and caffeine boost brain function more when taken together than they do separately. Caffeine and Glucose Synergy MRI brain scans measured forty test subjects under four … [Read more...]

Hit-and-Run Driver Pleads “Starbucks Defense”

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True story: Excessive caffeine, a mental disorder, and no sleep lead to tragic consequences... At 7:30 on the morning of December 8, 2009, Daniel Noble drove his gold Pontiac onto the University of Washington campus and without hesitation, plowed down a student in a crosswalk. One block later, Noble drove up onto the sidewalk and struck another young man. Again, Noble didn't stop. He drove ahead and parked on the same road in the middle of campus, less than 200 yards from his second victim. … [Read more...]

Colgate Patents Caffeine-Releasing Toothbrush

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Too lazy to make coffee? You're in luck. Colgate's designed a toothbrush that releases caffeine as you brush. It could also dispense meds, Benzocaine for teething infants, or an appetite suppressant, says the company. Or it could simply deliver groovy taste sensations. But don't race over to Walgreen's just yet: this invention isn't released, but it is filed with the U.S. Patent Office. Colgate-Palmolive's plans show a patch on the brush, designed to slowly release a substance with … [Read more...]

Brazil’s Children of Guarana: Tribe, Legend, Plant

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Want the crème de la crème of guarana? Head to the highlands of the Maués-Açu River basin in Brazil, and seek out the Sateré-Mawé tribe – the foundation of guarana culture. They domesticated the wild vine and cultivate it as a shrub. The Indians' care and traditions make theirs the best quality. But they sell less than two tons per year, and like premium winemakers, they retain most of the harvest for their own consumption. Commercial companies nearby also raise guarana, but the … [Read more...]