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Your Sperm Are Ticking, Mutating Time Bombs

Everyone knows that as men age so do their sperm, slowing a little and becoming less… potent. But research suggests that sperm actually mutate with age — which in turn could increase the chances of fathering a child with a genetic disorder.


Heart Cells Power This Swimming, Sperm-Like Robot

Say what you will about these sperm-like bio-bots; they have heart. The beating of live heart cells propels a tail back and forth, so that these self-powered swimming bio-bots — the first of their kind — could one day wriggle through your body delivering drugs. No batteries needed.


This Tingly Cold Underwear Will Make Your Sperm Swim Better

Your underwear can save your sperm. Or at least that’s what Snowballs believes. What’s Snowballs? A type of cooling underwear that basically uses ice packs for “scrotal cooling”. Ball air conditioning, basically. It’s for the kids.


Why Is The USDA Storing 700,000 Vials Of Frozen Sperm In Colorado?

When a drive through America’s heartland showcases kilometre after kilometre of cow-filled field, it’s easy to overlook the most sobering of all possibilities. These wonderful delicious animals could all get wiped out one day, leaving the world burger-less and milk-free. Don’t worry. The USDA is on the case.


Sperm Captured In 3D For The First Time Reveals Corkscrew Swimming Patterns

Scientists, bless their brains, have finally tracked the paths of sperm in 3D. It’s the first time they’ve been successful in 3D-mapping the trajectory of sperm and it’s revealed a few things about those drippy critters: some sperm swim in corkscrew-like patterns and others are ‘hyperactive’ and hectic. Your sperm has strokes, dude.


Scientists Have Discovered A Compound That May Lead To The First Male Birth Control Pill

Scientists have just discovered that a compound originally meant to treat cancer could actually lead to the real-life creation of a unicorn: the male birth control pill. The researchers report that the compound, known as JQ1, holds the promise of a reversible form of male birth control. It’s the pill but for dudes.


NSFW: The Truth About Semen

A gentleman’s relish is the true water of life. A nice shot of semen allows a man to pass on a genetic code through the ages, offering the closest thing to eternal life humans are ever likely to achieve. But such wonders aren’t straightforward. In fact, semen is a wonderfully complex secretion, rich in evolutionary history and packed full of healthy chemicals. And actually, there’s far more to it than sperm alone.


Drinking, Drugs And Diet Don't Harm Your Sperm -- But Tight Pants Do

Most medical guidelines suggest that sperm count can be seriously set back by all manner of enjoyable activities: drinking, smoking, taking recreational drugs and even eating unhealthy food. A new study, however, suggests there’s only one thing you really need to avoid: tight pants.


How Eggs Fight Off Tardy Sperm Intruders

During human (or any mammalian) fertilisation, if more than one sperm manages to get inside an egg, there are typically no survivors. A violent competition between the two sperm brings the whole kit and caboodle to a tragic end.


Sperm Can Do Calculus

Guys — your sperm is smarter than you think. Depending on your own maths skills, it may even be smarter than you, with new research suggesting that sperm can do calculus.