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After Dark: Essentials

nutWhat do we really need to survive? What happens when a key ingredient goes missing? Examine some essential questions surrounding ecology, packing lists, oils, and nutrition, including the element selenium at Everything Matters.

Shop Essentials With Vicente Oropeza and Dave Fleming
7:00, 8:00, & 9:00 p.m.  |  Gallery 2 Exhibit Shop

See where the magic and by “magic” we mean “careful thought, iteration, teamwork, and thoroughly considered science and engineering” happens. Bring all your burning questions and join Exploratorium shop experts Vicente Oropeza and Dave Fleming for a guided tour of our exhibit shop.

DRINK LAB: The Essentials of Eggnog With Zeke Kossover and Clay Reynolds
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.  |  Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio

Just in time for the holidays, experience the epicurean instincts and technical know-how of the Exploratorium’s Drink Lab as they whip up spin up, really a batch of clarified spiked eggnog. Made exceptionally clear (and spoil-resistant!) by milk washing and a trip through a centrifuge, this is the science of cocktails at its finest. Cheers!

Essentials of Sight With the High School Explainers
7:00 & 9:00 p.m.  |  Gallery 4 Explainer Station

How does a lens work? Examine the intricate structure of a cow eye to learn about similar structures in our own eyes, as we explore the essential functions of the eye.

Polish Tall Ship Dar Mlodziezy With Mary Miller and Captain Rafal Szymanski
7 p.m.  |  Fisher Bay Observatory 6

Exploratorium Program Director of Environmental Science Partnerships Mary Miller welcomes Captain Rafal Szymanski, of the Polish tall ship Dar Mlodziezy, to the Observatory. Learn more about this unique tall ship and its voyage around the world in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland and the establishment of the Republic of Poland. Dar Młodzieży is a Polish sail training ship designed by legendary Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choren. The vessel itself is the first Polish-built ocean-going sailing vessel to circumnavigate the globe.

Everything Matters: Selenium With Ron Hipschman
8:00 p.m.  |  Kanbar Forum

How little is too little, and how much is too much? Essential to all animal life, but poisonous in large doses, the selenium has proven useful (but then often toxic) for a variety of industries and crafts over time. Get the scoop on this common, complicated element with Ron Hipschman at Everything Matters: Selenium.

Essential Beats (Heart Dissection) With the High School Explainers
8:00 p.m.  |  Gallery 4 Explainer Station

Without a lub-dub, we wouldn’t be here. From ventricles to atria, come get an up-close look at the function and anatomy of the heart, (arguably) the most essential organ in the human body.

Bay Water Room Tour With Jesse Macquiddy
9:00 p.m.  |  Gallery 4 Corridor, Bay Water Room

This building is heated and cooled without the use of any fossil fuels instead, its temperature is regulated by the Bay below. How does the chilly Bay water keep our building comfortable?  Join us for a special tour of the Bay Water Room with Jesse Macquiddy, Manager of Mechanical and Control Systems.

Thursday, 12/20/18


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San Francisco, CA 94111

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