How Caffeine Can Boost Your Memory

Caffeine is known to confer a number of brain-boosting benefits, but its influence on our ability to store and recall information has never been properly explored. A new study corrects this oversight, showing that caffeine can help us recall certain memories — and it's an effect that lasts for at least 24 hours. » 1/13/14 8:00am 1/13/14 8:00am

Molecular coffee & espresso mugs let you drink caffeine from caffeine

The only thing better than caffeine is more caffeine* (except when it isn't), which could make this mug/espresso cup combo, both of which are modeled after the atomic structure of caffeine, the greatest coffee receptacles in existence. » 10/24/13 3:40pm 10/24/13 3:40pm

How much alcohol is too much?

Located somewhere between the craggy cliffs of Raging Alcoholism and the tranquil (if a tad repressed) planes of Stone-Cold Sobriety roll the pleasantly sloping hills of Moderate Booze-Consumption. It's a nice, pleasantly buzzed place to visit – but getting there can be a little tricky. What does it really mean, after… » 9/10/13 12:20pm 9/10/13 12:20pm

Coffee drinking linked to 50% lower risk of suicide

Go ahead and add this to the "Pro" column on the ever-growing list of reasons to either avoid coffee or guzzle it down wholesale: new research out of the Harvard School of Public Health concludes drinking several cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%. » 7/26/13 6:20am 7/26/13 6:20am

How much caffeine is too much?

A lethal dose of caffeine is thought to be roughly 10 grams — about the mass of your standard #2 pencil. That converts to a whopping (but basically undrinkable) 4.69 gallons of coffee, or 120 standard cans of Red Bull. Still, 2012 saw several deaths linked to energy drinks in the United States — five were attributed to … » 2/08/13 11:26am 2/08/13 11:26am

We now know why coffee helps to stave off Alzheimer's disease

Scientists recently discovered that caffeine consumption can be tied to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. They knew that it was suppressing the rise of amyloid plaques in the brain, but why coffee consumption did the trick remained a mystery. But now, researchers from the… » 10/10/12 7:40am 10/10/12 7:40am

Human urine causes high levels of caffeine in Pacific coastal waters

If there was ever a clearer sign that we sure do love our coffee, it's got to be this: A new study from Portland State University has found elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific waters, off the coast of Oregon. The researchers speculate that, while wastewater treatment plants are effective at… » 7/23/12 12:30pm 7/23/12 12:30pm

10 Surprising Things That Bacteria Like to Eat

You've probably heard of necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria. But bacteria do not actually eat human flesh. They're actually trying to gobble up something a lot weirder. Here are ten of the stranger things bacteria naturally (and unnaturally) eat. You'll never look at dirty underwear the same way … » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am

Green coffee bean extract is your next miracle weight loss pill

Ready for the next extract that everyone's going to be taking to try and lose weight? Move over, green tea; green coffee beans are next up to the plate. Dr. Joe Vinson presented his research at the Spring conference of the ACS, and in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study, the extract actually… » 3/31/12 1:30pm 3/31/12 1:30pm

10 Reasons Coffee is Both the Best and the Worst Beverage Ever Invented

Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world, and coffee is one of the most popular means of ingesting it. Over 50% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, and that figure is thought to be increasing every year. » 11/21/11 10:12am 11/21/11 10:12am