Vancouver's Eagle Energy Vapor sells a caffeine vaporizer. Similar to an e-cigarette, the slim electronic pen-shaped device delivers a dose of caffeine, taurine, and ginseng. Each vaporizer is good for 500 puffs, and 10-20 puffs are needed to feel the effect. A 10-pack sells for $75.
Some of the staffers at Huffington Post tried it. Reactions ranged from "Oh my God, my heart is racing so fast. Am I going to die?" to "I love this thing! I feel so good."
In Medium's wonderful “Micrograph Stories” series, several spectacular photo-set of legal and illegal drugs, as revealed through microscope photographs.
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Caffeine and alcohol, once thought to be associated with some health risks, are now making headlines for their health benefits – when consumed in moderation. So how many espresso shots, tea cups, beer mugs and wine glasses are considered healthy doses, and how many put us in the risk category? Two new studies get closer to finding the right balance.
At the New York Times
, Carl Zimmer examines new research on the genomics of the Coffea canephora
plant and the evolution of caffeine:
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My hosts at last night's signing at Philadelphia's Indy Hall co-working space did a lot to make me welcome, but most of all, they supplied me with rocket-fuel. The fuel took the form of a bottle of La Colombe Pure Black Cold Brew, a deceptively smooth, dark, chocolately cold-brew coffee that comes in a 12oz beer bottle. Deceptively smooth because this stuff is, as noted, pure rocket-fuel. They gave me a bottle for the road that I cracked in my hotel room this morning before heading to DC, and it practically had me plastered to the ceiling, despite its mellow flavor, and in a very good way.
I drink a lot of cold-brew on the road (I use the radical hotel-room coffee independence method to make cold-brew in breast-milk bags that I put in the minibar fridge overnight) but La Colombe was a cut above even the excellent stuff I make myself.
Pure Black Cold Brew
Letters to the Editor are an interesting feature of peer-reviewed scientific journals. The function of this section varies from journal to journal, but, in general, this is where you'll find things like critiques of research published in previous issues, and short write-ups on findings that don't yet warrant their own big, formal research paper.Read the rest