Cooking up love

Do aphrodisiacs really boost libido? It seems as though food has always been tangled up in sex. From Montezuma II’s infamous 50 cups of hot chocolate a day and the very etymology of the word honeymoon,* to swapping dark chocolate on Anna Howard Shaw Day,* aphrodisiacs have been swimming in and out of vogue for […]

SciTech Now Episode 210

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists use algae to trace the origins of sex; the decommissioned space shuttle Atlantis has a new home in Orlando, Florida; the company deCervo explores the neuroscience involved in athletics; and mobile security research that tries to protect us from hackers.

The origins of sex traced back through algae

Algae is one of the most diverse, adaptable and ubiquitous life forms on the planet. More than just pond scum, it’s a source of food and increasingly fuel. And at one algae farm, researchers are employing these tiny green plants to trace the origins of sex.