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Todd Akin simply confused women with ducks. Who hasn't?

Todd Akin simply confused women with ducks. Who hasn't?

Todd Akin made a simple mistake. When he said “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was obviously referring to ducks. And come on, who hasn’t on occasion confused the human female reproductive system with that of a duck?

Duck hunters: the best advocates for Gulf Coast environmental restoration?

Duck hunters: the best advocates for Gulf Coast environmental restoration?

During last year’s BP oil spill, I noted in several different venues that, as someone who grew up on the Gulf Coast, I saw this disaster as another chapter in a long history of active degradation of coastal environments. The spill itself deserved the attention it received… but I also hoped that it would bring the decades of destruction into focus.

The complicated sex lives (and genitals) of ducks.

The complicated sex lives (and genitals) of ducks.

Eversion in air: from blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.

Competition within–and between–the sexes have long had a way of influencing biology. Deer grow antlers with which to battle each other, peacocks flaunt elaborate tails to attract peahens. But none of these can hold a candle to the wonders that are duck genitals.