The Effect of Sex on Heart Rate Variability at High Altitude [research study]

The word “sex” can to refer to gender, rather than sexual activity. Perhaps disappointingly, that seems to be the case in this medical study: “The Effect of Sex on Heart Rate Variability at High Altitude,” Christopher John Boos [pictured here], Emma Vincent, Adrian Mellor, John O’Hara, Caroline Newman, Richard Cruttenden, Phylip Scott, Mark Cooke, Jamie […]

When a monkey loved a deer…

Love has always been difficult to define exactly. A newly published study adds nuance, or at least data, to the concept. The study is: “Interspecies sexual behaviour between a male Japanese macaque and female sika deer,” Marie Pelé, Alexandre Bonnefoy, Masaki Shimada, and Cédric Sueur, Primates, epub January 2017. The authors, in Strasbourg, France and […]

Did His Orgasm Lead to Blindness? (podcast #93)

Can a man’s orgasm cause him to go blind, at least temporarily? A medical report explores that very question, and we explore that medical report, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published orgasm/blindess study, with dramatic readings from Yale/MIT/Harvard biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas. For more info about what we […]

Does an apple a day improve a woman’s sex life? [podcast #79]

The question “Does an apple a day improve a woman’s sex life?” anchors this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams  — with dramatic readings by Yale/MIT/Harvard biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas — tells about: Does an apple a day improve a woman’s sex life? — “Apple Consumption is Related to Better Sexual Quality […]

Boys Will Be Boys: Eat or Be Eaten, and a Pestle

What’s the deal with people who yearn to eat or to be eaten — to literally consume, or to literally be consumed — during sex. And what’s a good example of an early medical report about a pestle found in a rectum? Those questions are addressed in studies that are profiled (in the column “Boys Will Be Boys: […]

Sixteen-legged Oral Sex

Sixteen legs, all told, are involved in the kind of one-on-one sexual activity celebrated in this new study: “Spider behaviors include oral sexual encounters,” Matjaž Gregorič [pictured here, right], Klavdija Šuen, Ren-Chung Cheng, Simona Kralj-Fišer & Matjaž Kuntner, Scientific Reports, vol. 6, no. 25128, epub 2016. The authors, at Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of […]

The special HUMAN HEADS issue of the magazine is out!

The special HUMAN HEADS And GARLIC issue (vol. 22, no. 1) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! It’s bursting (as are all our issues) with carefully culled, improbable research snippets about everything, from anywhere, more or less. This is the very first issue of our all-PDF era. We hope you enjoy it, and that you will […]

The special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine!

The special IG NOBEL issue (vol. 21, no. 6) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! Articles include: “The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony“ “Improbable Sex“ …and more, more, more, including outstandingly improbable research snippets from many fields and countries. We encourage you to subscribe (or, if you like, buy it as a single issue).