Posted in October 2011

The NYC sex education “scandal”

The NYC sex education “scandal”

I live in New York state and, lately, the news has been all abuzz with stories about the new NYC sex education law which is, apparently, controversial. A never-ending parade of news articles with varying levels of truthiness, along with opinion pieces either for or against the measure have been popping up on my Google News … Continue reading

Chivalry is not dead, at least among crickets

Chivalry is not dead, at least among crickets

Males of many species “guard” females after they’ve mated, presumably to prevent them from mating with other males. But in the cricket Gryllus campestris, males have a more noble intent when they guard their mate: to save her from being eaten. Researchers Rolando Rodriguez-Muñoz, Amanda Bretman, and Tom Tregenza in England observed crickets in their … Continue reading

The making of a toad, through sex and cloning

The making of a toad, through sex and cloning

At a certain age, children want to know the answer to one simple question: how are babies made? And the answer seems simple enough, too (if sometimes a bit awkward): one sperm plus one egg equals a baby. But this simple scenario breaks down quickly if we look around the animal kingdom (I won’t even … Continue reading

Older worms have more sex appeal

Older worms have more sex appeal

C. elegans are tiny worms that exist as hermaphrodites or rare males. A male rubs against a hermaphrodite with the mating apparatus on his tails and if he thinks she’s sexy enough, he’ll try to mate with her. And what turns on a male worm? Answer: an older lady. No one knows what the male … Continue reading