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Sperm production is costly, crickets show

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cricketMONASH U. (AUS) — The production of sperm is more biologically taxing than previously thought, a new study with crickets proves. In research published in the journal PLoS ONE, Damian Dowling of Monash University and Leigh Simmons, a professor at the University of Western Australia, have investigated the trade-off between sperm quality and immunity.

Semen encourages pregnancy in non-obvious ways too

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Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour

THERE’S more to semen than sperm. In many animals, seminal fluid alters both the bodies and sometimes even the behaviour of females. Human semen, too, triggers changes in the uterus, and might have wider effects on women, aimed at just one goal.

Dogs Follow Cues Better When They Are Loved, Study Finds

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dogLike humans, dogs release more oxytocin when they are happy, and it helps them perform tasks better.

Researchers in Australia have discovered that dogs follow cues better after they were given oxytocin, which means humans have to make them feel loved if they want their dogs to listen to them.

Crowdfunding Campaign for New Male Contraception Method

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The Male Contraception Initiative (MCI) is a non-profit org dedicated to promoting development of new male birth control methods. They have a crowdfunding campaign for one new method at

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/male-contraception-it-s-time#/story

MCI's website (linked at the above web page) presents information about five different methods, including one called the Clean Sheets Pill. Check it out!

May, 2015 Humor

happy coupleAfter being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said "Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa-bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV; but hey, I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl. 

Poem - Still by David Romtvedt

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This poem came up on the Writer's Almanac a couple of weeks ago, and I appreciated the feeling of it. It's not a scene that's hot-sexy; to me it recalls two people endeavoring to connect, and how the awkward, humbling process and daily "showing up" and liberal application of loving generosity can turn into a beautiful connection.

here's a taste:

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