Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Honestly, I think this ties into the whole NYT contraception article (read it here)
And if you've read that chapter of Freakonomics (which this link says may not be so rigorous evidence) your brain might start making some connections. (I think... I could just be being nuts.)
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Putting on the anti-bacterial skids
Italian researchers from the University of Ancona in Italy led by Gabriella Gazzani, Ph.D., tested samples of green and roasted arabica and robusta coffee. They concluded that every sample of the roasted coffee had the unique ability to inhibit some microorganisms, particularly Streptococcus mutans, from binding to tooth enamel, the hard outside surface of our teeth. S mutans bacteria produce acid, which breaks down the enamel, causing cavities. Trigonelline, a component of coffee responsible for its aroma and bitter taste, is the anti-adhesive that prevents dental caries from forming.
"All coffee solutions have high anti-adhesive properties due to both naturally occurring and roasting-induced molecules," says Gazzani. The study concluded that coffee from green, unroasted beans was only somewhat protective, coffee prepared from roasted beans was more protective, and instant coffee provided the greatest protection. The degree of protection was unrelated to the amount of caffeine.
from a variety of sources, one of them here
also read about artichoke liqueur here
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
the article isn't really worth reading but here's a link to it anyhow.
"The partying is overshadowing your talent; you don't need to be out every night getting in fights with the Tooth Fairy," she scolded the Easter Bunny in their role-reversal routine on "SNL." The routine wasn't very funny, not because it came so close to the truth but because, like so much of "SNL" lately, it just wasn't funny. A sketch about four people voraciously devouring a chocolate dessert did hit a nerve, if accidentally: it was obvious she was just pretending to eat.