News Bites: Another Benefit of Coffee and CO2's Effect on Crops

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Read on for the May 8, 2014 edition of News Bites.

Coffee Could Prevent Blindness.

A new study has found that a daily cup of coffee could help to prevent deteriorating eyesight due to retinal degeneration, which can be caused by aging, glaucoma and diabetes. Raw coffee contains an element called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to prevent retinal degeneration in mice.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Could Harm Crops.

Scientists are concerned by how increasing levels of carbon dioxide will affect crops. Researchers tested crops in a CO2-filled environment at levels they believe will be normal in 40 to 60 years. The scientists discovered that the crops actually grew faster when exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide, but found that the plants contained fewer nutrients like iron, zinc and protein.

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Low Blood Sugar and Anger

Not too a long, a study about low blood sugar and rates of marital arguments kept popping up everywhere. The research seemed to confirm the belief that hunger can make you more angry. However, David Kohn of the The New Yorker decided to dig a little deeper and found that the relationship between anger and hunger is far more complex. He found that while it is normal to have hunger affect your mood, it is simplistic to claim that low glucose affects our self control. The brain runs on glucose and it is extremely unlikely that it will ever run out of it.

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Wasabi-Infused Beer

Dogfish Head has created a wasabi-infused beer called Rosabi. Made from Louisiana red rice and wasabi, the Roasbi beer comes with a recording from the musician Juliana Barwick who assisted in the creation of this concoction.

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Insect Sushi

Don't bug out, but the Texas sushi chef, Peter Yung, is collaborating with the edible insect company World Ento to create a sushi made with insects. The "Spicy Insectopia Roll" can be found at the Austin restaurant How Do You Roll. It's made with crickets and mealworms. Yum.

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Looking for another health benefit to coffee? A new study has found that a daily cup of coffee could help to prevent blindness.

In other news:

  • Carbon dioxide levels could harm future crops.
  • The science behind low blood sugar is pretty complex.
  • This unlikely spice is making its way into beer.
  • A new sushi restaurant is serving insects instead of fish.

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