A Love for Science

This February, delve into the science behind attraction, love, mating, and even romance-associated foods with unique Academy resources and events.

A Love for Science

February—the month of romance—is upon us, and the Academy has a plethora of events and resources to whet your appetite for love. Interested in planning a romantic evening complete with a decadent dessert course? Impress your date by choosing options that are both delicious and good for you with a little help from the eBriefing The Science Behind the Hype: Resveratrol in Wine & Chocolate.

If you're not into elaborate Valentine's Day plans, provide yourself with a fun distraction from all the V-day hype with the podcast Dinosaur Sex (yes, you read that correctly). Author Brian Switek discusses a rather unique area of expertise—dinosaur sex lives and the science behind them. Switek will be a panelist at the upcoming Science & the City event on February 12—see below for more information on this event and other great resources that blur the line between love and science.

Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom
Event

Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom

From monogamous birds to polygamous primates, we love to point to the animal kingdom to explain our sexual patterns and behaviors. Join a panel comprised of a neuroscientist, animal behavior researcher, science journalist, and zoologist on February 12 to discuss just how similar animals and humans are in the love department.

Why Humans Have Sex
Podcast

Why Humans Have Sex

Evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains the mating rituals and patterns of our quirky species. We might not have colorful peacock tails, but we've got some fancy strategies of our own to make up for it.

Paraphilias: Does Sex Need Science?
Podcast

Paraphilias: Does Sex Need Science?

Two psychiatrists, a philosopher, and an ex dominatrix debate the definition of paraphilias and discuss whether science has a place between the sheets.

Matchmaking in the Digital Age
Podcast

Matchmaking in the Digital Age

As internet dating gains popularity, millions of singles are turning over huge amounts of personal data to computers, hoping that an algorithm will find them the perfect mate. OK Cupid's data blogger Christian Rudder explains how all that data can reveal some interesting—and often funny—facts about the sex lives of humans online.

The Science of Love and Whom We Choose
Podcast

The Science of Love and Whom We Choose

Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and chief scientific adviser for Chemistry.com, delves into the science of why we lust for some people and not for others.

The Sex Lives of Animals
Podcast

The Sex Lives of Animals

Think sex for animals is all about mating? You're wrong. Learn about the diversity and biology behind the sex lives of animals at the Museum of Sex's related exhibit. Warning: Explicit Content


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