Sex

Sex and sexuality is about more than just two people, a bed, and a few aphrodisiacs. Scientists study why humans have sexual intercourse (it is good for you and good for the species) and how sex is driven by evolution, genes, emotions and more. There is also much to learn about the differing roles of men and women in the whole mating game. Yes, there's lots of science to explore. Not that an aphrodisiac isn't more fun.
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A Complex Cocktail: Alcohol, Sex and Cute Monogamous Mammals (Op-Ed)
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April 10th, 2014
How does alcohol consumption affect romantic life? Let me count the ways.
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Sultan of Schwing: How Moroccan Ruler Could Sire 1,000 Kids Revealed
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February 25th, 2014
Sultan Moulay Ismaïl of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty," reputedly sired perhaps more than a 1,000 kids. Now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years.
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Science: Yep. Rebound Sex Is Real
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January 27th, 2014
As goes pop culture, so goes reality. People really do have rebound or revenge sex in order to ease the pain of breakups, psychologists find.
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New Porn Studies Journal Launches
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March 21st, 2014
A new journal devoted to the study of pornography launched today (March 21) with papers about the culture and content of porn. Researchers hope the journal will help pull the field of porn studies out of its infancy.
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The New Yoga? Sadomasochism Leads to Altered States, Study Finds
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February 19th, 2014
People may participate in sadomasochism less for the sexual pleasure and more for the mental high, according to two studies on the minds of people in the S&M community.
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Duh! The 13 Most Obvious Findings of 2013
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December 26th, 2013
Not all science findings blow our socks off, even if they have to do with important topics. Here's a list of the research that definitely did not surprise us in 2013.
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Low Sexual Desire Plagues Men, Too
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November 7th, 2013
Male sexual desire is rarely studied, but new research suggests that low desire plagues a large number of men. Depression, long-term relationships and low confidence in his erection can all quash a guy's sexual interest.
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Cooperation and Conflict in Sex, Reproduction and Family Life (Op-Ed)
February 6th, 2014
Few acts in the living world involve more intimate cooperation than sex. And that’s only conception. In long-lived species, especially our own, it can take decades of hard cooperative work to raise a family.
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Hormones Sway Women's Sex Lives - Kind Of
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November 19th, 2013
Hormones don't dictate when a woman has sex, but they may nudge her interest upward around ovulation, when she is most fertile, a new study suggests. Yet cultural influences and daily routines may override this biological imperative.
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