Bill Gates Wants to Turn Your Birth Control On With a Remote

As far as contraception innovation goes, for the past several years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been leading the pack. Next on the list? Revolutionizing actual bodily implants. Say hello to wireless birth control. » 7/08/14 12:00pm 7/08/14 12:00pm

How Iran Became One of the World's Most Futuristic Countries

When we think about futurism, often we imagine cutting-edge technologies like bionic arms or weather machines for colonizing Mars. But if we really want to make it for another few centuries, we're going to need something that Iran has already got. » 5/02/14 7:02pm 5/02/14 7:02pm

The Science of Female Condoms: The Future of Sex?

Once derided as being like plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom's being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates. » 3/04/14 5:40am 3/04/14 5:40am

This Shocking Prototype Condom Puts Some Wiring On Your Pole

It's been almost a year since Bill Gates put out his $100,000 call for better, high-tech condoms, and we haven't found a new defacto standard yet. But Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer of Georgia Tech have a potential solution, if you're OK with putting electrodes on your manparts. » 2/20/14 2:40pm 2/20/14 2:40pm

Scientists Have Discovered a Compound That May Lead to the First Male…

Scientists have just discovered that a compound originally meant to treat cancer could actually lead to the real-life creation of a unicorn: the male birth control pill. The researchers report that the compound, known as JQ1, holds the promise of a reversible form of male birth control. It's the pill but for dudes. » 8/16/12 8:00pm 8/16/12 8:00pm

Why Making a Male Contraceptive Pill Is So Damn Difficult

John Amory, a doctor at the University of Washington, has been developing a male contraceptive for 15 years. Turns out, it's harder than it sounds. We spoke with him to find out why. » 3/28/12 11:21am 3/28/12 11:21am

The Pill Doesn’t Make You Fat Even Though Drug Companies Say It Does

The pill doesn't make you gain weight? The idea goes completely against what pretty much every woman in the world believes, myself included - until today. » 8/17/11 8:20pm 8/17/11 8:20pm

An Ingenious New Sperm-Crippling Birth Control for Dudes

We need better birth control. This isn't terribly controversial. Most current birth control is based on decades old science, merely refined as the years have gone by. And there's still no male equivalent of the pill, which puts the brunt of the burden of long-term birth control on women. » 4/27/11 12:20am 4/27/11 12:20am

Bill Gates Wants to Ultrasound Your Testes

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has put $100,000 behind research into using ultrasound as a temporary contraceptive for men. If successful, it would be a means to provide low-cost, non-hormonal birth control for up to six months. » 5/11/10 8:40pm 5/11/10 8:40pm

Birth Control Used to Be Utterly Terrifying

Abstinence was so the sexiest way to not have children until the 20th century, as Newsweek's terrifying illustrated history of birth control shows. Look at this scary contraption that went inside of ladyparts around the time Lysol douches were popular: » 10/29/09 11:47am 10/29/09 11:47am