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The Science of Female Condoms: The Future of Sex?

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates.
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The Most Common Relationship Advice, Visualised for Valentine's

Ahead of the schmaltz that is Valentine's Day, how about a little advice? This visualisation shows the most frequently provided words of relationship wisdom so you can console your friends—or yourself—tomorrow. Read More >>

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Homosexual, Childless, Tea-Making Couples are Happiest, Study Reveals

A lengthy study by the Open University into what makes long-term relationships work has been published today, revealing that gay couples tend to be happier with their relationships than heterosexual ones. Read More >>

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This Is What a Breakup Looks Like as Cold, Hard Data

Breakin' up is, as Neil Sedaka once sagely pointed out, hard to do. But for one recently divorced woman, studying the data behind the breakup was a balm to help her through a tough emotional time. Read More >>

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"Gut Reaction" Scientific Love Test May Predict Chance of a Successful Marriage

Scientists have come up with a modern take on the age old concept of the love test, which they claim successfully measures whether partners are actually suited to each other or just going along with it all for the sake of it. Read More >>

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Why New Phones Are Just Like New Girlfriends

When you get in a new relationship, things start out amazing. You discover new things together. You expand your horizons. You spend as much time as you can together. You love to hold them. It's all very exciting! But am I talking about a new relationship with a person... or a phone? Read More >>

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The Science of Being in the Friend Zone

It's every nice guy's fear when it comes to a girl that they really like: being put in the friend zone. That invisible walled off space is impossible to break. The alcatraz jail cell of a potential relationship. Once you're in there, all you'll hear about is her love life, her sex life, her boyfriends, her one night stands, etc. But you'll never hear about her and you. It's rough! But what's the science behind it? Read More >>

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Facebook Updates its Super Special Buddy Friendship Pages

Facebook has upgraded the look of its "Friendship" pages, bringing a new feel to the parts of the site that celebrate all the joys two people can have when endlessly tagging photos of each other on the internet. Read More >>

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Why Women Date Weaklings

Common knowledge dictates that girls dig guys with muscles. However, new research suggests that women gave up on bulging biceps and strong jawlines long ago, in favour of qualities like loyalty and generosity. In other words, the scrawny geek gets the gal. Read More >>

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Science Proves Men Really Are Attracted to Psychologically Vulnerable Women

Men, it seems, are sadly predictable creatures. A new study suggests that males are physically attracted to women who are psychologically vulnerable — that is to say, immature, depressed, or unintelligent — though that doesn't necessarily convert into a desire for a long-term relationship with them. Read More >>

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Just Thinking Women Are Nearby Makes Men Dumber

If you often find yourself stuck for words in the presence of women, don't beat yourself up; we've all been there. But it turns out it's not you, it's science! Merely thinking about the presence of women makes men stupid. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Killing Friendships and Causing Fist Fights

We usually think of Facebook as a place to either keep in touch with real friends or cryogenically freeze old and artificial ones that wouldn't otherwise exist. But a new Pew study says FB can actually end relationships, too. Naturally! Read More >>

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No Online Dating Site Can Match Up Your Inner Crazy

Online dating's said to be the future of relationships, now that we're all too busy to meet people in real life. But claims that websites can match you with your ideal partner using scientific algorithms are bull, according to a team of psychologists. Because not even fancy math can suss out our own unique brands of crazy. Read More >>

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Facebook Says Literally Everyone Is Only 4.74 Degrees Away

Privacy, the concept of friendship — add one more thing to the list of notions Facebook's smashed. The old assumption that we're all connected by six degrees of separation is outdated, Facebook says: now it's 4.74, across the globe. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Better than Sex

A thoroughly scientific study by sociological journal Cosmopolitan says 20 per cent of women prefer Facebook over carnal activity. This number sounds low to me. In our era, Facebook's made almost everything enjoyable and worthwhile about sex obsolete. Let's get poking. Read More >>

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