DailyDirt: This Is Your Brain On Caffeine. Any Questions?

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Making the perfect cup of coffee is an experiment that's been studied for decades -- if not for hundreds of years since coffee was first brewed in the 1300s. It's not an exact science yet, but studies on coffee drinking seem to point to it being mostly beneficial. Here are just a few interesting links for coffee lovers out there. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 31 Aug 2013 @ 8:24am

    Re: Are Drugs Bad?

    I would call it a chemical compound, is it bad?

    Could be, it depends on a lot of things, like genetic makeup of the subject exposed to it, mean of exposure(oral, nasal, injected, absorbed, etc), dose, lenght of exposure, production of the substance that may not be entirely pure and may have contaminants(e.g. Ontario Minamata disease, which used the Castner–Kellner process which is a mercury cell that despite recycling the mercury still contaminates the products and by-products of the process.

    Now it is a grave threat to humans?
    I don't think so, is not like caffeine is produced with dangerous chemicals that can contaminate it, and people have been using it for almost a thousand years without mass dying or severe consequences, different from heavy metals like lead that was used by VIP's in antiguity for cosmectics or mercury that a Chinese imperor drank to be immortal or something and died.

    But I am glad that we are almost at the point where sensors for almost everything are just around the corner, than we will be to create huge databases of information to see what is what, if governments don't screw it up, I don't know how they will do it, but I am certain someone somewhere will find a way to use this to screw others and it will be a threat to privacy, then we will need rules to guide us to how we collect and interact with such data, data that we need to keep us safe but that it can also be misused.

    But I digress, when I encounter a chemical, I look at what it does, its toxicity, how it is produced and how it could interact with others chemicals, this information is not easy to come by though, I would love to see a public database of all known chemical reactions where I could just type the inCh, SMILE or popular name and see what it happens.

    It took me months to realize that gases from burning biomass can be turned into gypsum and other useful substances so that toxic "sulfur" would be transformed into something inert, still this is just the tip of an iceberg.

    Imagine using Hydrogen sulfide as a precursor for another substance or substances. That smelly gas can be used to produce elemental sulfur and hydrogen or be transformed into another substance that uses hydrogen and sulfur.

    Can you imagine when you can take samples from your air, water and see the substances that are in it, and query a database about possible chem reactions? which can be influenced by temperature, PH, pressure and some other factors, and you can transform "toxic" elements into useful things for yourself?

    This is one initiative trying to sense the enviroment we live in.

    That is the time when we transform ourselves as a group from parasites to a symbiotic relationship with our environment I believe.

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