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You’re screwing up your kids

You’re screwing up your kids

Aha, you say after reading the title, jokes on you! I don’t even have kids. Wrong. You could be screwing up your kids, even if they’re nothing yet but a gleam in your eye. Features in the journals Nature and Science this month discuss recent research on how the choices and lifestyles of would-be mothers (and fathers) can predispose their … Continue reading

Sex in the News: April 8-17

Sex in the News: April 8-17

The last week (or so) in sexy news: The world learned that lab-grown vaginas are a thing, and that they have been successfully transplanted into women born with a rare birth defect. Girls born with what’s snappily called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome have either an underdeveloped or completely missing vagina. The transplant surgery has helped 4 women so far experience … Continue reading

Sex in the news: April 1-7

Sex in the news: April 1-7

This week in sex news: Cornell University received a $10M Specialized Research Center grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center for Reproductive Genomics. Researchers at the center will study the whys and hows of human reproduction and attempt to find new treatments for infertility. A meta-study concluded that antidepressants are harmful to … Continue reading

Sex in the news: March 23-29

Sex in the news: March 23-29

Here’s a recap of some of the sex-related happenings from the last week: The Supreme Court heard arguments in 2 cases regarding the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The 2 companies contesting the mandate, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, argue that providing health care coverage to employees that includes free coverage for … Continue reading

Mom, dad and baby make…4?

Mom, dad and baby make…4?

You get half your DNA from your mom and half from your dad, right? Wrong. You may well have stored in the back of your mind, dusty from disuse, a word from some long-ago biology class: “mitochondria.”  You can think of mitochondria as tiny factories in your cells that pump out the energy you need … Continue reading

OMG. Sugar is poison!?

OMG. Sugar is poison!?

Toxic. It’s a bad word, right? If something is toxic, or poison, it will kill you. Period. Arsenic? Poison. Water? Not poison. See? Easy! How about this one: sugar. Well, if we’re to believe everything we read in the media, sugar is one of the worst poisons there is. And you’re killing yourself with it … Continue reading

Special issue in Nature on gender bias!

Special issue in Nature on gender bias!

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Nature’s most recent issue is focused on the gender gap in the sciences. Just this past November, Nature finally copped to the fact that they have some serious work of their own to do on fighting sexism. While Nature’s hiring practices for reporters and editors of their … Continue reading

Bad parenting is hilarious.

Bad parenting is hilarious.

I guess I missed this commercial for the Kia Sorento during the Superbowl, but I just saw it on TV for the first time tonight. And boy, was it adorable. If lying to your kids and then shutting them down when they express an interest in understanding how the world works is adorable. Based on … Continue reading

Being pregnant must be super scary

Being pregnant must be super scary

Kate Middleton might love being pregnant, but for the average woman it can be confusing and scary. Every day we learn about some new thing that, if you do it when you’re pregnant, can totally screw up your kid. By this point, pretty much everyone knows that you shouldn’t smoke or drink during pregnancy. Even … Continue reading

And now, a political rant about sexism

And now, a political rant about sexism

It is said that a gaffe is when a politician accidentally says something true. Lately it seems that Republican politicians in the US, especially, have been speaking their mind more than usual. And now, sitting here 8 days before the presidential election and staring down hurricane Sandy, I finally just can’t take it anymore. The … Continue reading

Science says monogamy is good for society

Science says monogamy is good for society

Well, hello again imaginary reader of this blog. I’m ready to dust this site off and finally start adding some new posts, after a long hiatus. Since the last post, I’ve written my doctoral dissertation, and will be defending it in just 2 days! I’ve also gotten engaged, which is why I was so interested … Continue reading

The pill: Not just about contraception

The pill: Not just about contraception

There’s a lot of noise going on right now about contraception. Obama wants to increase access to it by making contraceptives covered by insurance. Representatives of religious organizations believe that by paying for said insurance they are “condoning” contraceptive use, which is contrary to their beliefs. I won’t try to sound objective: I think it’s … Continue reading

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

Around the interwebs: Weekly link roundup!

Around the interwebs: Weekly link roundup!

Another week, another batch of links and sciency tidbits! Tomorrow I’m leaving for vacation, so I might not be able to update much (and I’ve been pretty busy this week), so there is plenty to keep you busy here: Making sperm in the lab, little squids that make big sperm, killing sperm to stop malaria, the costs … Continue reading

Many societies have long recognized more than 2 genders

Many societies have long recognized more than 2 genders

While most Western societies only recognize two genders (man and woman), civilizations on almost every continent, and for ‘all of recorded history’ have recognized that these are not the only possibilities. Check out the map on the PBS website to learn more about these societies. Only recently, have Western cultures begun to recognize transgender individuals. … Continue reading

Could cell phone use reduce male fertility?

Could cell phone use reduce male fertility?

For men, using a cell phone could damage your chances of having a baby. Even though cell phone use was linked to higher levels of testosterone, in a recent study at Queen’s University in Canada, it was also linked to lower sperm quality. Men who reported cell phone use had lower levels of luteinizing hormone, … Continue reading

Shopping for a daddy

Shopping for a daddy

A story about Danish sperm banks was just published on the BBC News website. Denmark remains one of the few European countries where men can anonymously donate sperm–and women from all over are buying it up. And talk about sexual selection: sperm customers can filter potential daddies by height, weight, eye color, and even their … Continue reading

Sex and coffee ‘trigger stroke’

Sex and coffee ‘trigger stroke’

BBC News – Sex and coffee ‘trigger stroke’. Sex, caffeine, and “straining to defecate”, among other activities, can cause brain aneurysms to burst, according to new research. Click the link above to read more.