"And there's little you can do about it," Reuters scarily reports, citing a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility that claims men's testicles are frequently overheated by their laptops.
According to the article,
The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly.
Even with a lap pad! Said the made-up sounding Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a SUNY urologist:
"Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don't feel it."
This, they say, could lead to sterility — though they don't have any concrete evidence of it yet. The journal Fertility and Sterility: fear-mongering scientists or future-baby saviors? Or pawns in a really involved viral-marketing campaign for the iPad? You decide.