Does sex affect your athletic performance?

It's no mystery at this point that the Olympic Village is the epicenter of world-caliber hard-body-on-hard-body action – but does all that next-level sex have a negative (or positive) impact on athletic performance? » 2/15/14 2:30pm 2/15/14 2:30pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Love and Sex

Regardless of your stance on Valentine's Day, there's no way to avoid being bombarded with romantic imagery. So you might as well take this as an opportunity to learn something new. With that in mind, here are ten things you probably didn't know about sex, love and lust. » 2/12/14 10:30am 2/12/14 10:30am

"Penis captivus" is a real condition, and it sounds awful

Can a penis really get stuck in a vagina? According to BBC Health Check, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Like penile fracture, "penis captivus" (as the condition is known) is one of those things you desperately wish was a myth, but is surprisingly, frighteningly, disconcertingly real. » 1/05/14 8:00am 1/05/14 8:00am

This is a video of a dolphin masturbating with a decapitated fish

Did I stutter? This one does exactly what is says on the tin, folks. Hit the jump for the clip, if you dare, then we'll discuss what we can learn from the footage. Because you're damn right there's a teaching moment to be had here. » 11/13/13 9:30am 11/13/13 9:30am

This is how scientific romances should be done

I can't help myself anymore – I have to talk about my obsession with the Showtime series Masters of Sex. It is the epitome of a scientific romance, exploring the messy overlap of science and social science, as well as personal and professional passions. Plus, it's about sexology. » 10/29/13 1:35pm 10/29/13 1:35pm

Seriously, though – does sex count as exercise?

Somewhere near the top of every single one of the the roughly forty-kajillion internet listicles dedicated to the "surprising," "hidden," and "unexpected" health benefits of sex is the not-all-that-surprising-sounding factoid that bumping fuzzies basically doubles as exercise. In reality, however, there has been very little… » 10/25/13 12:58pm 10/25/13 12:58pm

What color is an orgasm?

People with a condition known as synesthesia are prone to swapping their senses. They can feel colors, see music, and smell words. This raises an important question for science: What's it like to have sex when you've got synesthesia? Thanks to some inquisitive researchers, we have the answer. » 10/21/13 12:57pm 10/21/13 12:57pm

Why is there so little scientific research about porn?

People sure worry a lot about porn. Are we watching too much? Is it creating sex-addicts? What would a Game of Thrones porn parody even look like? But for all the hand-wringing and proselytizing and pontificating that goes on, the fact remains that there is VERY little scientific research on porn and its effects. » 10/02/13 1:16pm 10/02/13 1:16pm

7 Brilliant and Enticing Movies About the Lives of Sexologists

This weekend is the premiere of Showtime's new series Masters of Sex, the story of famed sexologists William Masters and Virginia Johnson. But their tale of vibrators used as scientific instruments isn't the only one out there. Here are seven more great stories of sexual science and its consequences. » 9/27/13 12:02pm 9/27/13 12:02pm

Ancient Roman coins depict sundry sexual acts, but what were they for?

The Romans loved sex. The wrote graphic poetry about it, and scrawled x-rated graffiti on their city walls. They even emblazoned currency with depictions of sexual acts. But what purpose did this coinage serve? Fair warning: numismatic pornography after the jump – potentially NSFW. » 9/09/13 8:20am 9/09/13 8:20am

Watch the first-ever footage of spontaneous ejaculation in a dolphin

WHOA. Did you know dolphins have wet dreams? Be honest – you probably didn't. Hardly surprising, though, given that this is the very first footage of a wild dolphin ejaculating completely spontaneously. No overt socio-sexual activity. No direct genital stimulation. Nada. Dude was swimming lazily along when he suddenly… » 9/03/13 10:20am 9/03/13 10:20am