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Let’s talk turtle sex

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt People are incredibly curious about how turtles have sex. This blog gets fairly good traffic based mainly on the search term “how do turtles have sex.” I wrote about turtle sex once, about two years ago. Based … Continue reading

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No time for love…

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt To quote nearly every tv sitcom cynic in nearly every Valentine’s Day episode: “What’s sooooo special about one day in February?! Ugh!” And while that sitcom character goes on to learn the value of love, I’m going … Continue reading

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The science and magic of hybrid animals

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Let’s start with the basics: sperm and egg. When an animal sperm cell meets an egg cell, it has to pass a test. The proteins on the surface of the sperm cell must bind with proteins on … Continue reading

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The reproductive biology of vampires

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Forget Edward. Write off Angel and Spike. Lestat is a lost cause. Vampires look dashing and sexy, but vampire fans are forgetting one important detail: vampires can’t have sex. They physically can not. Details of vampire biology (e.g. reaction … Continue reading

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How turtles do it

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt A reader recently asked me to look into one of nature’s big mysteries: how do turtles have sex? With their clunky shells, turtles (and tortoises) seem about as penetrable as armored cars. But they’ve got to reproduce. … Continue reading

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She’s my sister and my daughter!

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Sex is a tidy process for female stick insects. Stick insects don’t have to woo their mates, heck, they don’t even have to look for them. Unlike humans, stick insects can reproduce through parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis is a … Continue reading

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Do cats go through menopause?

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt It’s tradition for my mom to call me whenever my dad says something unintentionally hilarious. That’s one way we bond: making fun of the men-folk in our family. Recently, my mom called and said with a stage-whisper, … Continue reading

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