Scientists Drink More Coffee Than Anyone

On a list of the 15 heaviest coffee-drinking professions, mine only came in fourth. Scientists and lab technicians are at the top, drinking more coffee than writers, doctors, teachers, and everyone else.

Among those polled, scientists and lab techs were found to be the heaviest coffee drinkers in the country. Anyone who works, or has worked, in science will likely find this result unsurprising. Science, after all, is a 24-hour job. Experiments often run on timelines that are in every way at odds with the circadian rhythms of a normal human being — or any other creature, for that matter. Many scientists work under crushing pressure to publish results before competing labs or research groups. Limited funding requires researchers to put in countless hours writing grant proposals when they could be doing science. (It's not that they're writing grants instead of doing science, by the way. They're writing grants and doing science.)

Not only do scientists do research, but they also research how much research is being done, how much coffee they drink doing it, and how to drink coffee more efficiency. See the rest of the list at io9. Link

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No. Some years ago, I wrote something on net.bio.net newsgroup saying that American economic strength comes from its scientific research, which itself is supported by the labors of grad students who all eat ramen. Therefore, ramen is a material that is vital to American interests. That being the case, the U.S. should take over Japan to ensure a steady supply of ramen. I may have said something similar about taking over Brazil for coffee on some other forum. Years later, when bringing pastries and coffee to a strategic planning meeting, I told someone that "caffeine and sugar are the raw materials of creativity."
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A couple days ago I said something like "I'm just a chemical process that converts coffee & noodles into hardware specs" to my buddies. Did we watch the same television program or read the same web-comic somewhere recently? I'm pretty sure this thought was inspired by something I saw and I'm hoping you can remind me what it was, because I don't remember.
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