☕ Coffee science + 🐵 Monkeypox + 👯 "Body doubling"

☕ Coffee science + 🐵 Monkeypox + 👯 "Body doubling"

Good news, coffee lovers: your daily java addiction habit may help you live longer. Researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China looked at data on coffee habits and health outcomes across over 171,000 UK residents over seven years and published their findings a week ago.

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June 10, 2022
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The Fountain of Youth is...caffeinated?

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Good news, coffee lovers: your daily java addiction habit may help you live longer.

Researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China looked at data on coffee habits and health outcomes across over 171,000 UK residents over seven years and published their findings a week ago.

Compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who consumed 1.5 to 3.5 cups of lightly sweetened joe were 30 percent less likely to die of any cause. People who drank unsweetened coffee also experienced reduced mortality risk (16 to 21 percent).

A few caveats to consider...

  • Go natural. Findings were inconclusive for drinking coffee with artificial sweeteners.
  • Mix it up. Those who drank both caffeinated and decaf had the lowest mortality risk.
  • Correlation ≠ causation. Coffee's antioxidants are likely a factor, but coffee drinkers might also simply make healthier choices in general.
  • Skip the 5th venti. The benefits of coffee tapered off for those who drank more than 4.5 cups of coffee a day.

Monkeypox, space drama, "obesogens"...

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Public Health

As of Tuesday, there were 31 cases of monkeypox in the U.S., including 7 in New York and 6 in California. Thin silver lining: health authorities say this won't be pandemic 2.0.

Star Wars

Germany paused a space mission it was running with Russia due to the Ukraine invasion. Now, Russia is trying to hijack Germany's telescope to conduct the mission solo!


U.S. kids are falling behind in virtually every metric that predicts later success in school and life. Getting back on track likely requires more parental leave and better day care.


A new scientific review claims everyday synthetic chemicals are making us fatter. These “obesogen” chemicals are in packaging, hygiene products, electronics, and even water.


Unpredictable parental behavior may disrupt kids' brain development. Researchers think lack of routines and frequent disruptions boost odds of mental illness and drug addiction.


Double down on "body doubles"

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Struggling with productivity? Body doubling can help.

Don't worry, you don't have to clone yourself or pay a lookalike to impersonate you at the office. Body doubling is when another person works simultaneously with you, either in the same room or virtually.

Most people find the mere presence of another focused person enhances productivity and makes mundane tasks more doable. Body doubling is most successful when everyone in the environment agrees on basic ground rules (like limited chatting).

A quick way to trial-run body doubling is to knock out your digital task list at a nearby café that has productive-looking patrons!

  1. When you’re a kid, you don’t realize you’re also watching your mom and dad grow up.
  2. Have we checked if exploding all foods makes them better or did we just stop at corn?
  3. It's ok to ask why you're single or don't have kids but no one asks why you're married or why you have kids.
  4. Age is a big part of your identity, and it keeps on changing.
  5. If you take a shortcut that reliably gets you to your destination faster than another route, it's not a shortcut. It's the correct route.

Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Today I learned that Queen Elizabeth II is still the official monarch of Jamaica and has been since 1962. (more here)

abeyance [uh-BAY-unss] - noun
a state of temporary disuse or suspension
Matters were held in abeyance pending further inquiries.

Q: What is the loudest animal on earth?
A: (see below next section)

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TRIVIA ANSWER: Sperm whale.

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