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

Evidence that Americans have been obsessed with caffeine for 1,000 years

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the peoples of the ancient city Cahokia lived on the banks of what is today called the Mississippi River. Today, new research suggests these people were ritualistically imbibing the "Black Drink", a hot, super-caffeinated beverage that did a lot more than make you alert. » 8/09/12 7:15am 8/09/12 7:15am

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… » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am