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Coffee on the run

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Recently I’ve talked with several long distance runners —­­ think half-marathon or marathon — and have been surprised to hear how many down a mug of coffee before they race. After all, doesn’t coffee cause dehydration, something runners would like to avoid? A PLOS ONE study published in early January suggests the answer is no, [...]

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Newly Discovered Bacteria Lives on Caffeine

Think you live on caffeine? You’re still no match for a newly described bitty bacteria called Pseudomonas putida CBB5. These little guys can feast on pure caffeine all day—and presumably all night—long. And researchers have now located just how they accomplish this arguably admirable feat. Celebrated and cursed, caffeine is actually an alluring blend of [...]

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Happiness on a Chain: Is That An Oxymoron?

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Scientists are, in general, a rebellious bunch. But Raven Hanna, the brains behind Made With Molecules, may be more rebellious than most. After completing a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and doing a post-doc at UC Berkeley, she left the well-trodden path to the Ivory Tower to live off the grid and [...]

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