Improvised Condom Balloon Bombs Are Being Used In Syria To Fend Off Airstrikes

With Russia, Syria and the U.S. led coalition striking targets around Syria, the skies above the war-torn country have become increasingly filled with combat aircraft. These airstrikes have become the bane of militant and rebel factions fighting on the ground. Now some of them are trying are using helium filled… »10/24/15 12:45pm10/24/15 12:45pm

Inventors Want Us to Have Better Safe Sex But Regulations Make it Hard

Some of you who’ve been reading Throb might think I’m a bit condom-obsessed, but that’s not accurate. I’m actually obsessed with people enjoying sex while preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease. And let’s be honest: no one is truly thrilled by latex condoms. In a word, they suck. Leaving aside the… »6/02/15 3:26pm6/02/15 3:26pm

Are Female Condoms Finally Ready For A Second Chance?

Two decades after the “windsock” was nearly laughed off the market, a radical redesign has made the female condom more user-friendly. In a feature for Mosaic, Emily Anthes outlines the device’s history and how training in its use may help give women more choices for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted… »5/07/15 11:11pm5/07/15 11:11pm

A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far… »7/22/14 4:26pm7/22/14 4:26pm

Scientists Are Making Condoms Out of the Same Material As Your Contacts

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Australian research team trying to build a better condom. They're hardly the first to win such an award, but they have a novel approach. These polymer scientists are making condoms out of hydrogels, the same materials used in contact lenses. »6/09/14 12:00pm6/09/14 12:00pm

Uh, A Condom Company Just Made Vibrating Underwear Controlled by Your iPhone

So obviously this was going to happen eventually, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it. Durex just announced what it's calling "Fundawear", which ostensibly stands for "fun underwear" but which Durex believes will eventually come to mean "article of clothing that is fun like once ever until you realize what… »4/18/13 2:56pm4/18/13 2:56pm

Bill Gates Has $100,000 For Anyone Who Can Invent a High-Tech, Next-Gen Condom

Condoms are a life-saving piece of tech, and for being little more than uninflated latex balloons, they do their job pretty well if you wear them. That's the part that Bill Gates is working on. No, he's not going around as a one-man condom-police army, but he is offering $100,000 to anyone who can make a condom less… »3/23/13 10:00am3/23/13 10:00am

This Emergency Condom Delivery App Is the Reason Smartphones Were Invented

When you look down at your smartphone and think about how much it's made your life easier and better, you'll probably think about how the Internet is at your fingertips or how you can share filtered photos with friends or send texts without ever having to speak to anyone. You'll probably think that's why the… »1/31/13 11:00pm1/31/13 11:00pm

Fancy Dissolving Condoms Are the Future of Female Birth Control

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a discreet condom that does double duty for women's reproductive health subtly—it prevents pregnancy and protects against sexually transmitted diseases by dissolving inside of the body and releasing preventative drugs after use. Who can argue with that? »12/04/12 12:00pm12/04/12 12:00pm

If You Didn't Know, Condoms Are Much Stronger Than Water Balloons

In this hilarious video about Durex condoms, boys are tossing water balloons that explode all over the sidewalk and leak onto people. But if they use a condom? No matter the pressure, no matter the friction, it stays strong. So yeah, condoms are better than water balloons at not ripping. [Vimeo via Design Taxi] »11/21/12 11:00pm11/21/12 11:00pm