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It’s not big news that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day has a number of health benefits. Plus I like anything that gives me another excuse to drink coffee!
Researchers have already proved it reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. New studies published in the Archives of Internal coffee cupMedicine, show that caffeine is linked to a lower risk of stroke, skin cancer and depression. The researchers say caffeine may be the key protective ingredient, since decaffeinated coffee consumption was not associated with the benefits in these studies.
Dietitians at Weill Cornell Medical College say coffee contains other healthy ingredients that may provide defenses against multiple conditions. It is rich in antioxidants that can protect against cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases. But they can’t just say it’s coffee that makes people healthier because there are so many variables.
The depression study included 50,000 women at about 63 years of age. Those who drank four 8-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee daily were 20 percent less likely to become depressed.
The cancer study found that drinking about four cups a day was associated with the lowest risk of basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
A stroke study, reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, didn’t pinpoint how coffee affected the brain, but three to four cups a day protected it from stroke. Drinking more than that did not increase protection.
Barclays recently downgraded the entire U.S. electric utilities sector to “underweight” on the threat posed by widespread adoption of solar-storage. These systems allow homeowners to use rooftop solar panels and a battery to cut all but the figurative emergency backup cord to their local electric grid, putting a severe strain on an industry that has been a defacto monopoly.
The firm’s sweeping case focused in large part on debt markets’ apparent ignorance to challenge utilities are facing. We wanted to zero in on the astonishingly simple steps that makes Barclays lays out to make shaking up utilities quite possible.
1) Solar prices come down
For the past few years, we have been quietly living through a stunning drop in prices thanks to an unintended loop of massive European subsidies and capacity overexpansion in China. As a result, from 2006 to 2013, photovoltaic panel prices dropped nearly 70%.
The next step is for storage prices to fall too. Cheap storage is key so that people can have power at night, when the sun is down.
Right now, the cost of such systems — MORE.
The start of the wearable computing era is definitely taking shape.
Design firm Artefact comes up with a new concept piece: a Pilates shirt that monitors muscle movement, prompts you to correct your body position, and “doesn’t look like a computer you’re wearing.”MORE.
Also, watch here for the next big Apple RELEASE – The iWatch.
One of the first wearables is the wristband that counts steps, calories burned, etc. that is becoming popular.
For your little sports fans.