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Let’s talk about sex

What better topic to talk about over a beer than sex?

Darren and Marc continue tackling the big topics by tackling one of the biggest of them all, the science of sex. We review the history of research into sexuality, including the seminal Kinsey Reports, the Masters and Johnson research into the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions, and the more recent, and intriguing, study that Partner wealth predicts self-reported orgasm frequency in a sample of Chinese women.

We also take a look at how sex might have evolved. Why is it that it takes two people to have sex? Wouldn't evolution be quicker if we could simply reproduce on our own? This is known as the twofold cost of sex - what are the benefits of having two people mix their genes to reproduce? Sexual Selection is another topic up for discussion. Charles Darwin described sexual selection as "struggle between the individuals of one sex, generally the males, for the possession of the other sex" and nature abounds with strange examples of where animal features have evolved way past their survival needs - for example, reindeer antlers, peacock plumes and quite possible human vocabulary - humans and other primates survived quite nicely without a wide vocabulary, why do we now possess one?

Darren and Marc could not possibly tackle this topic without discussing the Sexy Son Hypothesis, or without having a chat to the punters in the pub. Tune in to hear the public's thoughts on sex, the science involved, length, width, money, style, cuteness, attraction and also hear Darren provide solace to a broken hearted drinker.

Of course, over a beer, much is talking about and you'll have to tune in to catch the rest!

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The Beer Drinking Scientists are back! It's been two and a half years since our last episode, but Darren Osborne and Marc West have got back together over a beer in Sydney to chat about the pressing scientific issues of the day - in this case, alien life.

We chat about the latest scientific research and discoveries in areas such as astrobiology, SETI and exoplanets. We also chat to others in pub, including one person who swears she has seen not just one UFO, but a UFO release a baby-craft, and another who thinks that Jesus might be an alien...

To bring some sanity to the proceedings, Marc chatted to Dr Carol Oliver from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology before the show and clips from this interview are played throughout. For the full podcast interview with Carol, see Astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life.

We'd love to hear ideas for future BDS episodes, so feel free to leave comments, or let us know on twitter - @bdscientists. We'll release new shows about every 2 months.

Merry Christmas from The Beer Drinking Scientists - may your festive season be full of science and beer, both in moderation of course!

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After 2 years hiatus, the Beer Drinking Scientists are coming back.

Stay tuned in November 2009 for a show on Extraterrestrial Life. In the meantime, have a listen back to our old episodes on climate change and cloning, and follow us on twitter (@bdscientists).

See you soon...


This week, Darren and Marc tackle the issue of cloning. They cover the issues involved with adult and embryonic stem cells, therapeutic cloning, where you draw the line with creating a life-form for harvesting its stem cells, Dolly the sheep, South Korean cloning fraud, Alien-secular religions, business models for scientific investment and environmental triage - and then go and talk to the punters in the pub.

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Climate change

In the first full epsiode of The Beer Drinking Scientists, Marc and Darren talk about climate change. What it is, who's responsible and why we should care.

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