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  1. Size Does Matter: Beetles With Larger Genital Spines Are More Successful Breeders

    Bad news today for less-than-well-hung males. Well, male seed beetles at least. It turns out that contrary to the gentle reassurances of female seed beetles the world over, males with larger genital spines make for more successful and more attractive mates.

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  2. Man Accused Of Donkey Sex Rejects Plea Bargain, Doesn’t See What’s Wrong With Donkey Sex

    A Florida man accused of a sex act with a miniature donkey named Doodle has rejected a plea deal, choosing instead to take his case to a jury. Considering that when he was arrested last month, 31-year-old Carlos R. Romero offered a vigorous defense of the right to have sex with animals, telling detectives that "Florida is a backwards state and people frown on zoophilia here," we don't exactly love his odds in an open court.

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  3. Virgin Birth in Snakes More Common Than Predicted, Men One Step Closer to Obsolescence

    Some snakes don't need a man to be a good mom -- they may not even need a man to make a baby, period. A study of copperhead and cottonmouth snakes suggests that males of the species may be less necessary than previously thought. Published this week in the journal Biological Letters, the study marks the first time virgin births have been seen in animals in the wild that normally breed sexually. Virgin births, in which the female supplies all of the genetic material for a child, have been seen in snakes in captivity before, so it's not surprising that it happens in the wild. What is surprising is the rate at which they occurred -- 1 in 22 births for copperheads, and 1 in 37 for cottonmouths. Those rates suggest that parthenogenesis -- the technical term for giving birth without having sex -- may be much more common in nature than predicted.

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  4. Animal Sex Researchers Chide Media For Obsession With Animal Sex

    Animal sex gets a fair share of coverage in the media, for a couple of pretty simple reasons. Most people like animals, and most people are interested in sex. And sometime, animal sex is really impressive, as in the case of these awesome, hypnotic leopard slugs. However, a pair of researchers has authored a paper in Nature taking the media to task  for their coverage of animal sexuality and offering scientists tips on making their research papers less titillating. The main thrust of the article? That science journalists need to stop ascribing human sexual traits to to sex behaviors in animals.

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  5. Animal Sex, As Illustrated by Humanoid Cartoons

    What It Says On the Tin

    Animals have weird sex, you guys. But if putting the weird, wild mating habits of the animal kingdom has always been hard for you to put into human context, then you are in luck this afternoon! DeviantARTist Humon has created an illustrated guide to the many varieties of copulation in which God's numerous creatures and beasts take part, featuring adorable humanoid cartoons showing us where on the human body all this stuff would happen. No, seriously -- this is super educational!

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  6. Blue Swimmer Crab Has Sex With, Buries Mate

    If you're anything like me, you've probably sat at home wondering, aloud, "How, exactly, do swimming crabs -- Portunus pelagicus -- get it on?" Well, thankfully someone took it upon themselves to record a happy crab couple, and now we know for sure. Two surprises: It involves a lot of carrying and a lot of burying. Also, since these handsome critters are also known as the "blue manna crab," one wonders if they're the source of all mana potions everywhere. Video below the jump.

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  7. Here’s One For the Arachnophiles: Scientist Has a Vast Collection of Spider Porn Online (For Science)

    she blinded me with science

    When you woke up this morning, you may have thought to yourself, "My goodness! I sure hope someone is documenting spider genitalia online in order to better identify more species of spiders, what with there being 42,473 of them!" Well, you are in luck! Dr. Nina Sandlin has taken on the perverted yet ultimately beneficial task of cataloging the genitals of nearly 200 different species of spiders, specifically, female spiders, in order to identify which species of spider they are. Want to know how weird it is? Come inside! All the spider genitalia you've ever wanted to see after the jump!

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  8. Please Help These Scientists Figure Out How Strong Duck Penises Are

    Consider the Following

    Rockethub, an online crowd-funding service, is currently running a special promotion of some of its scientific research projects, to see if you, the people, are willing to donate money to <em>other</em> people who are trying to figure out how zombies work (by studying parasites that take over the behavior of their hosts) or trying to figure out why city living butterflies are so blue. Ecologist Patty Brennan and biomechanics expert Diane Kelly want to see how much force a duck penis exerts in its explosive erection. Which means you've got 44 days to give them some cash and receive in return post cards, videos of duck erections, access to their project blog, duck shaped cookies, and more. (Their post gives no indication as to whether the cookies are shaped like the whole duck, or merely a specific part of it.) (via Boing Boing.)

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  9. It Belongs in a Museum: Two Tyrannosaurus Goin' At It

    In addition to sporting a massive collection of dinosaur remains and replicas, the Jurassic Museum of Asturias on the northern coast of Spain also has a display that features two copulating Tyrannosaurus rex. How about that? Of course, the orientation of the two dinosaurs on display is a complete guess. Even after decades of study, paleontologists are still divided on how to determine the gender of T-rex remains. We can all agree on thing, though: Those tiny arms look even sillier in this context. Now excuse me while I book a flight to Spain right after I swing by the Icelandic Phallological Museum.

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  10. Slug Sex Looks Like Art, is Apparently Awesome [Video]

    We've posted some pretty strange moments from the natural world here on Geekosystem. While surprisingly fast hunter snails and giant mating spiders (sorry about that) are all well and good, they have nothing on mating leopard slugs. This video begins with a coy dance, turns a bit kinky when the pair suspends themselves upside down from a tree branch, and goes totally otherwordly once they get down to business. Oh, and it's narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which is pretty much the nature film version of Berry White. Now admittedly, this is not the freshest video on the web, but given how truly amazing it is to watch, it's required viewing for the day. (via io9)

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  11. Scientists Observe 40 Million Year Old Mite Sex

    hold on to your butts

    So imagine you and your dude, or your lady, or various and sundry are engaging in a bit of the loving and consensual hanky panky, when all of a sudden, right in the middle of it all... You get covered in a blob of resin, which becomes amber and preserves you for about 40 million years, and then unimaginably advanced aliens use you to form theories on what sex is like for your species. It happens.
    Forty million years ago, a female mite met an attractive partner, grabbed him with her clingy rear end and began to mate -- just before a blob of tree resin fell on the couple, preserving the moment for eternity.
    This was discovered by scientists, and their results were published in The Biological Journey of the Linnean Society. What follows is a story of male mites harassing female mites, and in response... female mites evolving a way to keep males from grabbing their butts. Literally. Just stay with me.

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  12. Turning Mice Into Psychopaths at the Flip of a Switch

    Scientists have long known that the hypothalamus, sometimes called the "reptilian brain," is responsible for many basic functions like breathing in addition to being involved with emotions like anger and sexual desire. But Dr. Dayu Lin with the California Institute of Technology has taken our understanding of the hypothalamus' role a step further by controlling some of it's functions using light. Through a process called optogenetics, Dr. Lin made certain areas of a mouse's hypothalamus, specifically a region called the ventrolateral ventromedial hypothalamus (VMHvl), sensitive to light. Using fiberoptic cables, Dr. Lin was able to target these areas and stimulate them with light. The results were immediate and dramatic. From Discover magazine:

    If the mice were alone, nothing happened when Lin shone a light onto their brains. But if they had company, it was a different story. A flash of light, and the mice transformed from Jekylls into Hydes. They rapidly attacked other mice, whether male, female or anaesthetised. They would even assail an inflated glove.

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  13. Geekolinks: 1/23

    Thomas Edison's Predictions for 2011 in 1911 (Paleofuture) 3DS games will cost between $40 and $50 (Kotaku) Cover your iPhone in LEGO brick (Amazon) Bones producer involved with Julian Assange biopic (Variety) Brand New Women in Comics Wiki Needs Wiki-ing (Women in Comics) Pac-Man getting animated, will stop at nothing to be relevant again (AnimeNation) This link is about whale sex (Discover) (Photo via Steotch)

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