When we think about futurism, often we imagine cutting-edge technologies like bionic arms or weather machines for colonising Mars. But if we really want to make it for another few centuries, we're going to need something that Iran has already got.
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The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian's history collection. It's built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child's toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem.
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.
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.
As far as contraception innovation goes, for the past several years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been leading the pack. Next on the list? Revolutionising actual bodily implants. Say hello to wireless birth control.
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.
What's the most aggravating form of birth control? Taking a pill every day for most of your young adulthood or inserting a spindly plastic thingy — otherwise known as an intrauterine device — in your uterus? If you're not a lady you'd guess the former. But you might be wrong.
We need better birth control. This isn't terribly controversial. Most current birth control is based on decades old science, merely refined as the years have gone by. And there's still no male equivalent of the pill, which puts the brunt of the burden of long-term birth control on women.
Abstinence was so the sexiest way to not have children until the 20th century, as Newsweek's terrifying illustrated history of birth control shows. Look at this scary contraption that went inside of ladyparts around the time Lysol douches were popular...