The Science Behind Period Farts

For you who have or have had girlfriends, you might be aware of that time of the month when your better part starts being cranky, eating toffee with ketchup and letting off more gas in one evening than Gazprom does in a year. Why do women fart so much before our periods? The sex hormone cycle […]

Sex, sex, sex-selection, and natural behaviors

Nature also has its own natural butt-plug. Some garter snake females are forced to defecate quickly (poo) before the male inserts the sperm since after he is done, he will insert a mating plug into the female to hinder any other males from mating. Sometimes this does not work out as he had planned and mixed paternities do occur. Snake sex is surprisingly intricate.

The most successful parasite in the world

A Toxoplasma infection can be everything from asymptomatic to very severe and may lead to death if the patient is immunodeficient (when the immune system is not functioning properly). Immunodeficiency develops in individuals with AIDS, cancer (due to immunosuppressive medications) or after organ transplants. The parasite is thus very problematic in sub Saharan Africa where both AIDS and the toxoplasmosis are widely spread. Furthermore, Toxoplasma infections in pregnant women may pose a risk to the child.