May 17, 2004

Important News from the Lab!

Wonders of modern science:

Boing Boing: Hourly shots of coffee beat a cup: Tossing back two shots of coffee each hour may provide more sustainable stimulation than gulping down a large cup in the morning, scientists from Rush University Medical Center report in the journal Sleep. In the study, sixteen men stayed in windowless rooms for nearly a month while the researchers screwed with their circadian rhythms. From a Scientific American article about the findings: "In the new study, the scientists... tested the effects of administering an hourly, low dose of caffeine equivalent to about two ounces of coffee to one group, while the second group received a placebo. The caffeinated men performed better on cognitive tests than the control individuals did, and dozed off less often. And though they received the same cumulative dose as subjects in previous, single-dose studies, taking many small doses minimized some of the negative side effects that caffeine can have, such as tremors."

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To heck with shots of coffee, Penguin Mints and Jolt Gum are a much better way to get your steady dose of caffeine!

Posted by: Redshift on May 17, 2004 12:58 PM

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Posted by: Stirling Newberry on May 17, 2004 02:21 PM

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Posted by: Stirling Newberry on May 17, 2004 02:22 PM

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If two shots an hour is good, two cups an hour should be better, right?

Posted by: MWB on May 17, 2004 02:45 PM

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Well, ain't that an eye-opener! Combine it with another fruit of scientific research, that caffeine is more potent if ingested cold, and the guy with a half-dead mug of brew at his elbow is cutting edge. As long as he doesn't knock it over in an expansive gesture.

Posted by: serial catowner on May 17, 2004 03:15 PM

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How about adapting implantable insulin pump technology to provide for a dually programmable caffeine and nicotine pump. One could have a slow baseline infusion to provide for the cognitive enhancing effects, with small bolus infusions when you need that "pick me upper" or before that dreaded meeting, etc. Plus you would be able to quantify the amounts, and stay below the nausea and tremor toxicity threshold.

Now if we could just get medicare to make it formulary...

Posted by: non economist on May 17, 2004 03:52 PM

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But what would I do without my daily "I haven't had my second cup of coffee yet" tremors?

Posted by: Chris Lehmann on May 17, 2004 03:58 PM

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Fitting that a report about on stimulates (albeit only coffe) comes from Rush University. What else might they be working on?

Posted by: Alan on May 17, 2004 04:37 PM

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What else is Rush University working on? Cloning Geddy Lee, of course.

Posted by: Chris Marcil on May 17, 2004 05:13 PM

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All hail the cafecito!!

Posted by: Thlayli on May 17, 2004 08:25 PM

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Look, chaps, if you're not actually getting any pleasure out of your coffee drinking, and you're just floundering around looking for a way of popping yourself full of stimulants in order to combat tiredness then could I make two recommendations?

1) There is this wonderful stuff called Benzedrine, you know, which would appear to suit your needs a lot better than amateur self-medication with a drug that's not anywhere near the best for the purpose.

2) You might also care to read the portions of "Capital" which deal with extending absolutel surplus-value and ponder whether the implicit contract your appear to have with your employer that you will fill yourself full of mild stimulants you don't really want in order to work extra hours for no money, is really the sort of employment contract you want to have.

Cheers

dd

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