The man who dreamed up the Keurig K-Cup has some regrets, not just about selling his stake in the popular company for a song, but for the amount of waste the non-recyclable single-serving coffee brewing pods have generated: nine billion pods were sold last year, most of which now languish in landfills. » 3/07/15 8:45am 3/07/15 8:45am

Caffeine Is Amazing And Terrible And Maybe Secretly Ruining Your Sleep

Are caffeinated beverages like coffee magical for fighting the symptoms of sleepiness, or are they evil for interfering with sleep and triggering symptoms commonly associated with anxiety disorders? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes! » 2/19/15 1:29pm 2/19/15 1:29pm

What Are Caffeine Jitters – And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?

Too much caffeine, whether from coffee, tea, or energy drink, can ruin your day. Here's why your daily jolt makes you jittery, and what you can do to get rid of an unwanted buzz. » 10/29/14 11:30am 10/29/14 11:30am

The Scientifically Perfect Way To Brew A Cup Of Tea

If you want to make a friend, sharing a cup of tea is a good place to start. If you want to make a sworn enemy, asking about the single, best way to make that cup of tea is an even better one. » 10/06/14 11:53am 10/06/14 11:53am

This Is Your Brain On Coffee

The latest episode from Mitchell Moffat and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE is on the brain-boosting effects of coffee and the mechanisms of caffeine addiction. Plus, Moffatt and Brown take a crack at the age old question (no, not that one): how much caffeine is too much? » 8/28/14 7:00pm 8/28/14 7:00pm

Your Morning Cup Of Coffee Is Also Your Morning Cup Of Pesticide

The thing that gets most of us up in the morning is a nice big dose of poison. Fortunately, it's not poison for us. It is, however, something that's left a trail of dead snails in labs, and that we crave every morning. » 8/28/14 6:20am 8/28/14 6:20am

All The Scientific Reasons Caffeine Is The Best Drug Ever

If you require more than a few cups of coffee, sodas or energy drinks every morning into to join both consciousness and civilization, then take a couple of minutes to learn how caffeine works in your brain. Caffeine does so much for you; it's time for you to return the favor. » 4/14/14 2:25pm 4/14/14 2:25pm

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 Drinking Caffeine Could Save Your Life

An Australian study has shown that long distance drivers who drink caffeinated beverages, like coffee or energy drinks, are at a decreased risk of getting into vehicle accidents compared to those who don’t. And the difference isn’t small. Drivers hopped up on caffeine have a 63% reduced chance of crashing. » 3/21/13 9:00am 3/21/13 9:00am

Bees love caffeine just as much as we do

Countless people — myself very much included — can't get through the day without regular intake of coffee, soda, and other caffeinated drinks. Now it turns out bees love the stuff too... and it's actually good for them. » 3/10/13 10:00am 3/10/13 10:00am

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… » 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

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

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

How much caffeine are you eating every day, without realizing it?

90% of North Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis. When ingested by itself, caffeine is extremely bitter — not the type a flavor many of us want lingering on our taste buds. » 2/03/12 8:15am 2/03/12 8:15am