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Singing for Sex

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by neandergal

Gentlemen, if you sing a song, you may get some depending on whether or not she likes your voice. However, be prepared to sing for at least fifteen minutes because this is how long it takes her to decide on whether or not you are the one for her. If she really likes your voice, she will expose her genitals and allow you to have your wicked way. A little tap dancing goes a long way too and she definitely likes it from behind. This lady will finally allow you to have your way when you tap out a “mounting” song that she approves of. Even after you have had your way, she can still reject or accept your sperm…

According to a report in New Scientist, this only applies if you are a pond skater belonging to the species, Gerris gracilicornis. The females have apparently evolved a protective shield that covers their genitalia. When the males are able to woo and sing a happy enough tune for her, she will lift the shield and allow mating to occur.

Since you are not a red-backed water strider in a stationary pool in a mountain stream in Japan or Korea, then your potential female mate will respond very well to fine wine and dinning which is probably the Gerris gracilicornis equivalent of a song and tap dance.

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The Science Behind Female Ejaculation

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by neandergal

Proper discussion and research on female sexuality and in particular, female ejaculation has been a long time coming. Female ejaculation is often dismissed as myth and mainly attributed to loss of bladder control at the time of orgasm. This is of course still true for some cases, but not all.

Laboratory analysis of fluid expelled from a small group of females who claim to experience female ejaculation tells a different story. A recent report, Everything you always wanted to know about female ejaculation (but were afraid to ask) in New Scientist describes how researchers found significant quantities of the protein prostate-specific antigen (PSA) present in in the fluid. Prostate cells in the male prostate gland produce PSA which is present in serum and semen.

Ultrasounds of the women who experienced female ejaculation showed evidence of a structure surrounding the urethra that is similar to the male prostate gland. The area of the female prostate is located near the G-Spot and is most sensitive to sexual arousal. It appears that stimulating the G-Spot also stimulates the female prostate resulting in ejaculation.

“Ida” Hype

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by neandergal

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It is unfortunate to have such a magnificent discovery like the 47 million year old fossil “Ida” or Darwinius masillae marred by the mass media that interject misleading statements such as the “missing link” and “how it will change everything” in regard to human evolution.

New Scientist explains that the discussion is on where Ida split off in the evolutionary tree and not whether she is the “missing link”.

New Scientist interviews the palaeontologist, Jørn Hurum at the University of Oslo in Norway who sets the fossil record straight in regard to recent hype.

On the one hand he applauds that the media coverage encourages public discussion on primate evolution, but on the other hand negates this progress because creationists use the misinformation by the media against evolutionary biologists.

Inaccurate and hasty reporting inadvertently discredits science. Creationists like Creation Ministries International hijack the hype of Ida and use it to further discredit science in the eyes of the public.

The Longest Penis in the Animal Kingdom!

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2009 by neandergal

According to a report in New Scientist, hermaphroditic filter-feeders have the longest penises in proportion to their body size in the animal kingdom. Their penis can reach up to eight times their body length. And what’s more length isn’t everything. It appears that stoutness is more beneficial for mating. A stouter more muscular penis is better than a long flexible one…

Excuse me? Farts cause erections…?

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by neandergal

According to the article, Fart molecule could be next Viagra published in New Scientist, rats injected with an enzyme that produces hydrogen sulfide in human penises caused erections in the randy little critters. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) smells like bad flatulance and rotten eggs.

Hydrogen sulfide relaxes blood vessels in the same way as Nitric oxide (NO). Erections occur because the arteries relax and allow blood to flow into the erectile tissue (corpora cavernosa).

What will they come up with next?

More sex please! We’re religious conservatives.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2009 by neandergal

A recent survey shows hypocrisy at its best. An article in New Scientist, Porn in the USA, reports on a study by Harvard Business School that shows conservative and religious states are the biggest consumers of online pornography.

Apparently, 5.47 per 1000 consumers of online pornography in Utah regularly exchange bashing their Bible, or Book of Mormon for bashing their Bishop — except on Sundays. It turns out that a 0.1% drop in subscriptions correlates with a 1% increase in post code church attendance. Residents who most agreed with the statement, “I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,” bought 3.6 per 1000 more subscriptions than those who disagreed with the statement.

It makes one wonder if even the believers really believe. Well, may be on Sundays.

Special investigation: Who’s testing your DNA?

Posted in Science with tags , , , on January 22, 2009 by neandergal

This is how Michigan State Police fired forensic scientist, Ann Chamberlain-Gordon for misuse of equipment and how her husband got away with misusing his own equipment.

The New scientist article discusses the implications of privacy on DNA testing in the article, Special investigation: Who’s testing your DNA? Perhaps the safest way to protect your privacy is to keep your privates private to avoid getting caught with your pants down.