This African fish can start having babies at 17 days old

The catchily named Nothobranchius kadleci is the fastest-maturing vertebrate species known to science. In just over two weeks, this fish can reach sexual maturity and start laying eggs — and those eggs only need another 15 days before they are ready to hatch. So why does this species need to cram an entire generation… » 9/08/13 11:00am 9/08/13 11:00am

New research suggests women can make sperm, and men can make eggs

What started as an investigation into developmental mouse biology has become a lot more than that. Biologist Katsuhiko Hayashi discovered a way to turn mouse skin cells into sperm and egg cells — and actually used these modified cells to create a living baby mouse. The question is, can it work in humans? » 8/21/13 4:26pm 8/21/13 4:26pm

Bees pay a steep price for that whole "perpetuating the species" thing

If you're going to be reborn as a worker bee, make sure you don't do it in the summer. That's the time of year when the queen bee demands the most jelly to feed her young, and once that work is done, bees typically die just two weeks later. But in winter, otherwise identical bees can live six to seven months, which is… » 4/21/13 5:00pm 4/21/13 5:00pm

Why male bats take the high road and female bats take the low road

Daubenton's bat is found throughout Eurasia, its habitat stretching from the United Kingdom to Japan. But as one northern English population reveals, these bats divide their space along strict gender lines, with males living up the bachelor existence at high altitudes while females raise their young at low altitudes... … » 1/27/13 4:00pm 1/27/13 4:00pm

Yes, Todd Akin, victims of 'legitimate rape' get pregnant - here's…

If you haven't heard yet, it's time you did: yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin said in a televised interview that women rarely get pregnant following instances of "legitimate rape," because the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down." » 8/20/12 9:00am 8/20/12 9:00am

The Rise of the Three-Parent Family

Babies with three parents are no longer the stuff of science fiction. A British ethics board has just approved an experimental treatment that results in babies with genetic material from two women and one man. Also, there's evidence that babies born using egg and sperm donors receive genetic input from more than two… » 8/14/12 3:48pm 8/14/12 3:48pm

Singaporean ad campaign promotes sex in this awkward music video

In the dystopian future, as the human population plummets, we'll need PSAs to remind us to get laid. Apparently that future is here, at least in Singapore, a nation whose birth rate is one of the lowest in the world. Now a local ad agency, with the help of Mentos, is trying to jumpstart a baby boom with this vaguely… » 8/08/12 4:01pm 8/08/12 4:01pm

The Easiest, Most Horrifying Way to Create Artificial Wombs

What if you could incubate human fetuses outside your own body? In, say, a nice safe machine, or a facility somewhere? We've wondered about this before. Artificial wombs could help us reintroduce cloned extinct species into the wild, or perhaps even help couples with fertility problems. » 6/28/12 2:24pm 6/28/12 2:24pm

How Exactly Could a Squid 'Inseminate' Your Mouth?

The internet was shocked and astonished a couple weeks ago, when we all learned that a woman ate some parboiled squid — which managed to inseminate her mouth, because its spermataphores were still functioning. How could this happen? Danna Staaf from Squid a Day, who first brought this cringe-making phenomenon to light, … » 6/26/12 1:15pm 6/26/12 1:15pm

Cooked squid inseminates woman's "tongue, cheek and gums"

Here's a story that could put you off calamari for a while. According to a scientific paper from the Journal of Parasitology, a 63-year-old Korean woman "experienced severe pain in her oral cavity immediately after eating a portion of parboiled squid along with its internal organs." She spat out the food in her mouth,… » 6/14/12 10:23am 6/14/12 10:23am