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The way sex education is taught in the United States is such a crazy-quilt of curricula that it's hard to know what's being taught to high school students, or how accurately. And when people lack that kind of data, they can easily make some pretty terrible mistakes.

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Charles Knowlton didn't think much of the laws of Massachusetts, at least when they interfered with his medical practice. By the time he opened a practice in the town of Ashfield, he had already been arrested in Amherst, MA for selling "infidel" books and had spent two months in the Worcester County Jail for grave robbery.

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Some of you might think I'm a bit condom-obsessed, but that's not accurate. I'm actually obsessed with people enjoying sex while preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease. And let's be honest: no one is truly thrilled by latex condoms. In a word, they suck. Leaving aside the fact that they taste funny and a chunk of the population is allergic to them, they just don't feel good — for either partner.

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Once derided as being like plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom's being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates.

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It's been almost a year since Bill Gates put out his $100,000 call for better, high-tech condoms, and we haven't found a new de facto standard yet. But Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer of Georgia Tech have a potential solution, if you're OK with putting electrodes on your man-parts.

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So you had a good night but something went wrong and you think that you or your partner may get an unwanted pregnancy. Best solution? Morning after pill. Worst solution? Fake morning after pills. The US Federal Drug Administration is warning about them.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has put $US100,000 behind research into using ultrasound as a temporary contraceptive for men. If successful, it would be a means to provide low-cost, non-hormonal birth control for up to six months.