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  1. Attention, America: The UK Has Our Sperm

    Sure, they're strong. But are they "swim the Atlantic Ocean" strong?

    If you're an American man with surplus swimmers and a cash deficit, you may be pleased to know that the sperm shortage in the UK is being tackled hands-on by many Americans--but not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

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  2. Plant Sex Mysteries Finally Revealed. Thanks, Science!

    It's harder than it ought to be to find a photo of a plant penis.

    Finally! Scientists at the University of Leicester have cracked one of life's great mysteries—how do plants have sex? What's the secret? Well, when two plants love each other very much...

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  3. According To Actual Science If You Have Weird Semen, You’re Probably Going To Die Soon

    "Weird Semen" would be a great punk band.

    Nobody panic but - okay, maybe panic. In something-that-scientists-actually-studied news, researchers have just determined that if you have weird semen, you're way more likely to die soon than everyone else. Yeah, you. Weird semen guy. I'm talking to you.

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  4. Sperm Are Perfect and One Day They May Save Your Life, Say Creators of Spermbots

    Sperm brought you into this world, and sperm will keep you here.

    Though we may sometimes curse the speed of sperm (sorry Mom, Dad), tiny bio-bots that mimic the flagellar movement of natures' lil' swimmers and are powered by the contractions of heart cells may be the next step in fighting cancer and other common illnesses. In other words, when our heart and sperm work together as one, we ill be unstoppable.

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  5. Hubble Finds Space-Sperm, NASA Politely Dubs it a “Caterpillar”

    Whatever you call it, it's a stunning image.

    NASA released this image taken by the Hubble space telescope showing a cloud of gas stretching across a light year of space. That's huge. The official word from NASA is that it resembles "a caterpillar on its way to a feast," but I know space-sperm when I see it, and that right there is a six-trillion-mile-long space-sperm.

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  6. La-Z-Boys: Sitting Around All Day Makes Men’s Sperm as Lazy as They Are

    Time for a little real talk, gentlemen. Over the last couple of decades, the overall quality of sperm has simply dropped off, and according to a study published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, we probably have no one but our lazy-ass selves to blame. It turns out that a lifestyle in which we sit on our keisters drinking beer and playing video games all day renders our sperm just as lazy as we are. The good news is that regular, vigorous physical exercise could be just what the doctor ordered for restoring the vitality of our sperm. The bad news, of course, is that we stopped listening to that sentence after the phrase "regular, vigorous exercise," which is clearly a non-starter as far as lifestyle choices go.

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  7. Barnacles Throw Sperm At One Another To Reproduce

    Since they spend their entire lives glued to one spot -- be it a rocky shore or the hull of your uncle's fishing boat -- barnacles have had to develop breeding techniques that let them get a little action without leaving the comfort of home. Those techniques, from the hermaphroditism that is common in most barnacle species to the enormous penises -- as long as four times the length of their own body -- boasted by the creatures have long fascinated researchers studying sex in the animal kingdom. One species of barnacle, though, has just been found to demonstrate a never-before-seen sexual behavior that will have biology students giggling into their textbooks for years to come. The practice, in which barnacles produce sperm and simply fling it into the water hoping for the best, is known as spermcasting, and if it's found to be widespread in other species, it could rewrite the book on barnacle sex.

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  8. Researchers on Track to Prevent Sperm From Swimming, Male Contraceptive Pill Closer

    A male birth control pill has been the subject of scientific curiosity for a while, and a new study has found that rather than killing the sperm or preventing their existence, a male contraceptive pill might be the product of preventing the sperm from swimming.

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  9. Scientists Uncover Giant Prehistoric Sperm Cache

    We've discovered evidence of fossilized sperm before. Let that soak in for a moment. Now paleontologists have found what's being described as the "richest" evidence of fossilized sperm to date. The evidence was discovered in a large batch of prehistoric ostracods -- which makes sense as their sperm can end up ten times as large as their body. Overall, it's a great time for science, don't you think?

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  10. Your Sperm Can Do Calculus

    Every self-respecting man has a certain affection for his swimmers. Your sperm is the best sperm, the most virile sperm, a real sperm's sperm. It's only natural to feel a certain swelling pride in your reproductive material, at least, I think it is. Well fellas, I've got a fun fact to feed into your evolutionary boastfulness; your sperm can do calculus. Ladies, it's a little unclear whether or not your sperm can do calculus. You'd have to have sperm in order for us to find out.

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