Sex involves the transfer of genetic information that has resulted in evolution and specialization - and one of the hottest evenings in town, scientifically speaking. Discover some surprising ways that sperm and eggs come together. And, on this eve of Valentine's Day, taste the classic aphrodisiac - oysters - at Pairings.
The Sex Lives of Zebrafish With Sonia Castillo
6:30 - 7:30 and 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Gallery 4 Corridor, Bio Bar
Spy on the sex lives of zebrafish, which sometimes need more than two to tango. Explore zebrafish mating behaviors and what it takes for these diminutive fish to spawn here at the Exploratorium.
Gonad A-Go-Go With the Explainers
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Explainer Station
Take an inside look at bull testicles, pig ovaries, and other impressively sized organs to track the paths of sperm and egg from genesis to union.
Live Sex Show: Sea Urchin Egg Fertilization With Alex Pinigis
7:00 and 9:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Do you like to watch? Sea urchin sperm and eggs are the same size and shape as human sperm and eggs, and it only takes an instant for one (the sperm) to fertilize the other (the egg). Which will be the lucky sperm? Find out as Exploratorium staff biologist Alex Pinigis fertilizes a sea urchin egg before your very eyes.
Pairings: Oysters With Clay Reynolds, Loretta Keller, and Kathy Boyer
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
To reserve a seat and something to eat, pick up free tickets onsite at the Observatory starting at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 140.
What could be sexier than a slimy, briny mollusk, eaten raw? Yet oysters have long been considered aphrodisiacs. Get down with oyster preparations with chef Loretta Keller and find out how native oysters are contributing to restoration projects in San Francisco Bay with San Francisco State biologist Dr. Kathy Boyer. Then find out how to make the solid drinkable - and delicious - as beverage guru Clay Reynolds discusses oyster-shell-infused martinis.
The Bouquet Between Your Legs: Flower Dissections With the Explainers
7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. | Gallery 4 Explainer Station
Flowers are key to some plants’ reproductive processes - and some of their reproductive structures bear a striking resemblance to our own. Join the Explainers to strip flowers down to their naughty bits and see how similar we really are.
The Lengths We Go To For Sex With Veronica Johnson
8:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Organisms will go to great lengths to reproduce - literally. Ever wonder about how far sperm travels before it even exits the body? Take an intimate look at the anatomy of a familiar, er, member and find out how, as animals do what’s necessary to spread their genetic material, sometimes size really does matter.
Sweep Me Off My Foot: The Mating Lives of White Abalone With Dr. Kristin Aquilino
8:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Abalone are terrible at long-distance relationships, and with wild white abalone too few and far apart to get it on, experts determined that breeding in captivity was the best way to save the species. Between exfoliating waxing treatments, mood lighting, and hydrogen peroxide love potions, captive production recently increased to a point where, for the first time ever, captive-bred white abalone were placed into the wild. Find out how scientists’ methods of getting white abalone to "gonad or go home" to save this culturally, economically, and ecologically important species.
Sexplorations Cinema: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Micro Cinema
Sense Appeal With Amy Snyder and Denise King: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3
Love Nest: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Gallery 4
Which Sperm Is ...?: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Gallery 4 Corridor
Endangered Species Condoms With the Center for Biological Diversity: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Gallery 2
Va Va Va Voom: Vintage Vibrators With Dr. Carol Queen: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Gallery 2
Sexplorations of the Mechanical Kind: Take-Apart Sex Toys With Explorables: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
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