Let's talk about sex, or more specifically the science of attraction, mating and reproduction. Although the science of sex might seem like a trifling field of study, given how much of the plant and animal kingdom is dependent on sexual reproduction to pass on genes, studying sex is the same as studying life itself. These are some of the most interesting stories to investigate the science of sex published in the last year.
Not all sex science is sexy, of course. Take a look at the vampire squid in this photo, for example. It's a frightfully hideous looking animal from a human standpoint, but these creatures, which live nearly 10,000 feet below the ocean's surface, sure do get around, researchers found.
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According to a study published in the journal Current Biology, unlike other squid which typically only reproduce all at once late in life, the vampire squid is capable of having 100 times more sex than other squid.
Researchers arrived at this estimate by looking at one female specimen who had released 3,800 eggs and had 6,500 viable reproductive cells in reserve for future spawning. The vampire squid only release about 100 eggs with each encounter, so the female had already spawned about 38 times.