A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

Nevertheless, Raznahan has continued to study sex differences, in the hope that they could help us better understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

“We were all struggling with the circumstances of living under Covid and wondering how we would continue to work together,” says Sarah Richardson, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the lab’s director.

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Lelo, a Swedish luxury sex toy brand, says it has seen sales increase by 40 percent.Illicit Encounters, a dating website for those seeking extra-marital affairs, has experienced a 15 percent increase in activity based on this time last year.

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

A week and a half ago, Melody appeared on Chaturbate, a site that allows cam models to livestream sexually explicit videos and chat with fans.By the time Melody started streaming on Chaturbate, Digitrevx had imbued the character with a better command of English and an unquenchable sex obsession.

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Sex worker Sydney Leathers hasn’t come across any deepfakes based on her porn scenes, but she is intimately familiar with what it feels like to have her work used to harass and debase another woman.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

See, despite its popularity among staunch Trump supporters like Gosar, the “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme , while political, isn’t actually partisan.In fact, it’s because it’s so weird that it's become a widespread meme in the way other Trump-era conspiracy theories (like Pizzagate) have not.

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

And despite having no mouth, eyes, or brain, slime mold can remember things and solve simple problems.Slime molds reproduce by releasing spores that develop into sex cells, and for successful reproduction to take place then all that needs to happen is for two sex cells containing different variants of those sex genes to meet.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

John Sullins, who studies the philosophy of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sonoma State University, thinks that virtual influencers like Lil Miquela are the “sexbot” most people are likely to interact with in the near future.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

You might be thinking a lot of things at this point, hopefully among them: Why, in 2019, did a sex researcher have to go to such lengths to detect the physiological signals of orgasms?

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

How Big Data Could Help Prevent Premature Births You Know What Else Can Reproduce Now? Robots Gadgets and Gear for Making (or Not Making) Babies Coming later this week: The Tricky Ethics of New, Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Childfree on Reddit—Because Apocalypse, That's Why Inside the Secret Facebook Egg Donation Groups The New Science of Male Contraception

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

Tailoring new medicines to men or women would be revolutionary, particularly considering that it took many years for women (and female animals) to get included in pain research at all.

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Most of the episodes adapt science-fiction and horror short stories from the likes of John Scalzi (three episodes derive from his work, including "Alternate Histories" and "Three Robots") and Joe Lansdale (two episodes).

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

“Even simply opening the Bluetooth explorer on your phone will reveal nearby smart adult devices that are powered on.” When Bluetooth is used to hack into and take over a sex toy, it’s called “screwdriving”—a term coined by Pen Test Partners in 2017, when its researchers discovered that the Lovense Hush butt plug could be found and remotely controlled via Bluetooth.

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Photo © Eframgoldberg / Wikimedia Commons Male orchid bees have specialized legs that can collect plant scent compounds and then store them in leg sacs.

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

“By excluding female-focused Sex Tech, CES and CTA are essentially saying that women’s sexuality and sexual health is not worthy of innovation,” Lora Haddock, the CEO of Lora DiCarlo, wrote on her website after news of the controversy broke.

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

To take a look back at the story and legacy of the Volt, we spoke with people who knew it intimately: Tony Posawatz, the high-level GM exec pulled out of the trucks division to shepherd the Volt into existence; Chelsea Sexton, who worked on the EV1 program, then started a career advocating for electric cars; John Voelcker, the journalist running Green Car Reports at the time; and Jeff U’Ren, who has had four Volts to date, and runs a Facebook group for his fellow owners.

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

[ Amazon ] —Robbie Gonzales Knopf John Carreyrou, Bad Blood The astonishing thing about Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who raised $1.4 billion to start the blood-testing company Theranos, was how badly the people in her orbit wanted to believe her story.

Commenting Back on Online Harassment by Making It Into Art

Commenting Back on Online Harassment by Making It Into Art

The internet gives people a false sense of protection; you have to accept that others will respond.” By playing up the caricature when she portrays her harassers, the effect is twofold: The photos offer testament to Morris-Cafiero’s underlying sentiment, as well catharis to anyone who feels somehow complicit in her turning the tables.Cafiero collected over a thousand online comments for The Bully Pulpit.Haley Morris-CafieroAnd from the muses of the project?

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin ScamEduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesIn offices and universities all across the country Thursday, the same threat appeared in email inboxes: Pay $20,000 worth of bitcoin, or a bomb will detonate in your building.

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

“I still haven’t dealt with removing all of them yet—I just sort of heavy sighed and closed the tab.”Safe SpaceIn interviews and messages with WIRED, more than 30 sex workers, porn consumers, and creators on Tumblr lamented the loss of what they described as a unique, safe space for curated sexually themed GIFs, photos, and videos.

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing.

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Just as Elon Musk's automaker has started to hit its stride—churning out Model 3s, outselling Audi and Cadillac, making a profit—the federal tax credit that can knock $7,500 off the price of its electric cars is expiring.That credit, established in 2008, starts to phase out once a manufacturer sells 200,000 fully or plug-in electric vehicles in the US.

Shark survival tale

Shark survival tale

Warrick Lyon, a NIWA fisheries technician, says the study is heading to the Pacific to test survival rates for sharks treated differently – such as those where hooks are not removed and where long pieces of monofilament fishing line are left attached.