10 August 2013

caffeine rant

Memory storm.

Provoked by: it turns out some flowers make caffeine in their nectar.  And it turns out this improves bees' memory.
Which is obviously useful to the plant.

So, I require bee memory stimulants to be productive.  Ok.  There are worse dependancies (pancreatic enzymes from farmed animals or GM bacteria for diabetics).

The interesting thing of course is that the same stims that work for bees work for me.  Our last common ancestor was a long while ago.

But apparently not really that long.
That's why fruit flies and mice are useful too.