How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up
Sep22

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up

Sept 4, 2014 Carl Zimmer for the New Your Times, Science Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Many of us get our caffeine fix in tea, and still others drink mate, brewed from the South American yerba mate...

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“Caffeinated,” a History of Our Favorite Stimulant
Mar25

“Caffeinated,” a History of Our Favorite Stimulant

Books NYT By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D. March 24, 2014 One legend says it all began when a North African herder saw his goats eat some wild berries, then frolic with unusual verve. Another story cites a few small leaves blown off a nearby bush into the Chinese emperor’s mug of hot water. Either way, whether caffeine entered the life of man by coffee bean or tea leaf, happiness ensued. Happiness, that is, for all but the poor souls charged...

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