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The Science of Love

Just in time for Valentine's Day: Pheromones, romantic illusions, and staying green while demonstrating your feelings for your sweetheart

  • February 12, 2009

Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

Researchers are revealing hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner

February 1, 2008 — Chip Walter

More Sex for Women?

A recent analysis of survey responses shows who's cheating: Women, young couples and the over-60 crowd are closing the infidelity gap. Rachel Mahan reports

November 3, 2008

Chocolate: Treat or Trick?

There is an environmental price for our love of chocolate on Halloween, but it may not be what you think

October 30, 2008

Sex, Drugs and Chocolate Cake

The same brain chemicals involved in the pleasure gotten from eating are triggered by sex and drugs.

October 20, 2006

Ouch! Can You Really Break Your Penis?

The penile condition recently featured on the TV medical drama Grey's Anatomy is real and, sorry guys (and girls), not uncommon

January 23, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Let's get it on--The condom, that is

Wondering if your sweetheart is going to buy you a box of condoms instead of a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day? Maybe your lover's celebrating two holidays at once: February is also National Condom Month.

February 13, 2009 — Jordan Lite

What's In A Rose: Ethnobotany and the Search for Useful Plants

In this episode, ethnobotanist Nat Bletter talks about his field and his recent article about the new plant family Simulacraceae--the phony plants. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites related to this episode include www.audible.com/sciencetalk; www.simulacraceae.org; www.tinyurl.com/2gqgnb; www.tinyurl.com/2obv6k

September 19, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

The Scent of Sexual Sweat

Do you like the scent of your Valentine? The Journal of Neuroscience reports that certain regions in women's brains are activated when they smell "sexual sweat." Christie Nicholson reports

February 9, 2009