Cocaine, as they say, is a hell of a drug. It affects three of the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel fantastic — dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine — and tolerance for the stuff doesn't seem to dissipate even months after quitting. (It's also expensive and bad for you.) Today, new research published in Translational Psychiatry adds another bizarre facet to one of the world's most popular drugs: The cocaine addicts in your life have unusual deposits of iron in their brains.
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Video: It's going to freeze obviously. But there's this awesome possibility that the soda can will split in half and start spewing an explosion of almost frozen Coca Cola into the surrounding liquid nitrogen. Once it does that, the exploded coke looks like it has been stopped in time, the soda has frozen into art mid-explosion.
Video: Coca Cola is delicious. It's a cause of diabetes and a bringer of obesity but it is delicious. Turns out it's also probably used by aliens to make art of their home planets. Check out what happens when you melt lead and then add that dark sugar water into the mix, it smokes and pops and goes wild but what's left is a metallic landscape that looks incredible.
Need to scrape gum off a footpath or get bird crap off your car or even clean your toilet? Just pour soda on it or around it or in it and let the delicious bubbly sugar liquid diabetes do its thing. Soda can be a magic cleaning material, which is awesome to know in a pinch but also completely disgusting since we willingly put it in our body.
Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps — and more than doubles its cocaine appetite.
Any discerning oenophile will tell you that the shape of a wine glass can make a huge difference in your imbibing experience. On the other hand, that could just be a bunch of bullshit. Either way, Riedel decided to do for Coke what it's spent decades doing for pinot: design a glass scientifically optimised for taste. We decided to test it out for ourselves.
Coca-Cola has an interesting new app and social initiative. It's called The Happiness Cycle, and it's aimed at teenagers (although anyone can join in). Coke wants them to start riding bikes; the aim is to get Australian kids to become more active, and the soft drink giant is giving away hundreds of bicycles to promote the cause.