Sex

  • Wild Animal Sex

    January 26, 2011

    New research in birds, reptiles, and insects is redefining “normal” sexual behavior, revealing that gender-bending, promiscuous, and dangerous sex isn’t limited to humans.

  • The Second-Place Sex

    November 19, 2010

    Why chess may be an ideal laboratory for investigating gender gaps in science and beyond.

  • Sexy Beasts

    June 29, 2010

    From vibrator sales to troubles with monogamy, evidence aboundsthat Homo sapiens is an exceedingly sexual species. A new book argues that understanding how this sexuality evolved helps to explain our unique creativity inside — as well as outside — the conjugal bedroom.

  • On Pleasure

    June 22, 2010

    In How Pleasure Works, Paul Bloom argues that understanding why we like what we do—from food and sex to art, science, and religion—is critical to comprehending the human experience.

  • Sexual Role-Reversals

    March 31, 2010

    Male pipefish get “pregnant,” and Atlantic slippersnails change sexes as they grow. Researchers are now uncovering how and why these bizarre sex strategies occur.

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