As part of our Taboo issue of I,Science, Mary Barker explored the stigma around sex work, and the dangers it can create for those in the industry.
Cheyenne McCray brings us the five weirdest lovers of the animal kingdom…
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Rachel David looks at what draws us together
In the first online-only feature from I, Science Issue 30, Jess Norris finds out how our genes and environment – and our smell – affect who we fall in love with
From the ingenious to the ridiculous: Hannah Wilson describes startling super biological adaptations
“In the darkness of the womb our brains are soaked in a cocktail of sex hormones.” Bentley Crudgington reviews a book on the complexities and science of gender.
Charlotte Mykura checks out the first Lates event at the Royal Institution
Liger and male handler The battle of the sexes is as old as time itself. George Gilder commented that “differences between sexes are one of the most single important facts of human society”. These differences are also one of the most important foundations for human existence. Evolution has gradually crafted us from the humblest of […]
Darwin’s Origin of Species was not the only landmark literature to be published in the late 19th century; it was framed by contrasting books considering the moral behaviour of man. One Self Help considered humans to be so flawed and innately immoral that the only way to achieve goodness was to remove all traces of […]
There may be plenty of fish in the sea but the medaka knows what it likes. A single gene mutation that causes the Japanese Killifish to be born a drab grey colour has proved to be a turn-off to members of the opposite sex. By over-expressing the ‘ginger gene’ in the medaka ‘super attractive’ bright […]
The news has been inundated with talk fear that we are over sexualising our children. But are we as adults being oversexualised as well? It is true that we can’t turn our heads without seeing scantily clad models advertising everything from milkshakes to melon ballers. But does this really work? For suppliers to increase their […]
Padded bras and sexy MTV videos before the watershed have been blamed for sexualising kids. But are we all missing the point? Is it really enough for a kid to see a WAG t –shirt to make them want to be one? Is it really these products that will give children negative body image and […]
The debate of the origins of the female orgasm in humans has been of great interest to both the scientific community and the world at large for centuries, yet the debate is still not concluded based on current evidence. In addition certain standpoints, whilst seeming scientifically savvy, have sparked controversy because of their implications to […]
Could a 1950s attitude to gender roles be stunting animal behaviour research? A recent study published online by the journal Animal Behaviour has found extensive stereotyping of sex roles throughout the research literature of sexual conflict: portraying males as active and females as reactive. Sexual conflict refers to adaptations produced by one sex that are […]
Family feuds, gang wars and illicit affairs – the urban fox might only live for a maximum of five years but they pack a lot in. We tend to only see only one fox at a time, normally a streak of light brown across an empty street. But London’s foxes live in extended family groups […]
Something about animals having sex is inherently hilarious. Having done a biology degree, I know quite a lot about the sex lives of various animals – their courting rituals, how often they do it, and how many partners they do it with. That kind of knowledge is pretty important when studying the evolutionary origins of […]
Katie Tomlinson & Jan Piotrowski explore the science of drinking. From the night before to the morning after, here is the science behind a great night out.