But at TED2009, she shared some of her most fascinating research yet … In her talk “10 things you didn’t know about orgasm,” Roach digs deep into scientific research in sexuality — much of it recent, [ Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week, with a light Valentine’s Day theme: Suleika Jaouad, who writes about being young with cancer, talks about the embarrassing but very real prospect of being a sexually active cancer patient.

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Ryan [ “The political and the sexual are intimate bedfellows,” says Shereen El Feki in yesterday’s talk.

“That is true for all of us, no matter where we live and love.” For five years, El Feki talked to people across Middle East about their bedroom behavior, and what she found over and over was a seemingly deep-rooted [ Today’s talk, which posits a fascinating metaphor for sex beyond baseball, comes from a passionate and dedicated sexuality educator.

Al Vernacchio teaches his students that it’s not just getting the facts right that counts, but understanding the nuances of human sexuality and its place in society.

Inspired by the teaching philosophy that Vernacchio brings to [ TEDGlobal Fellow, and author of Sex and the Citadel, Shereen El Feki comes on stage to tell us about Faiza, a woman she met on a recent trip to Casablanca.

Canadian Carin Bondar has a Ph D in biology from the University of British Columbia.

Her field work took her to the forests of British Columbia and New Zealand, where she studied small stream ecosystems.One talk was given by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger, who took the stage to share a story that took place in 1996, when Stranger raped Elva, then his girlfriend.The talk had [ Alice Miller was born in a body that didn’t feel like hers.They involve razor sharp penises, murderous cannibals and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes.Much like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable, life-threatening conditions. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game?” It’s a question that’s highly appropriate to think about on Valentine’s Day.