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GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Returns to the FLEET on MAY 26


Written by: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Date: April 13, 2012

This exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more.


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Explore The Good, The Bad And The Downright Ugly About How Your Body Works At "GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science Of The Human Body" Returning By Popular Demand, MAY 26 - JANUARY 1, 2013 to the REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER!

San Diego, CA; April 13, 2012 — Sometimes it's stinky; sometimes it's crusty; and sometimes it's slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at "GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body" during its appearance at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Based on the best-selling book Grossology, this exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. "GROSSOLOGY," which was our most popular exhibit ever in its 2007 visit, returns to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Saturday, May 26, and runs through January 1, 2013!

Take a "Tour du Nose" to explore 10 nasal features, including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Mimic the build-up of acid indigestion by causing the "Burp Machine" to release a giant belch. Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in "Urine: The Game." Climb a large-scale replica of human skin, and discover other mysterious ways your body's biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy.

"GROSSOLOGY" is a collaboration between Science World, Advanced Exhibits, and Grossology author Sylvia Branzei. As a teacher, writer, curriculum designer and microbiologist Branzei explains the concept of "GROSSOLOGY" as a learning tool. "This is science in disguise," she says. "If we teach students in their own words, they'll understand better and actually learn something.

For more information call (619) 238-1233 or visit the "GROSSOLOGY" tour Web site at or The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery admission, which includes access to all seven exhibit galleries: Adults $11.75; Children $9.75; Seniors $9.75. The Fleet's normal hours are Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM, Friday & Saturday: 10AM - 8PM, and Sunday 10AM - 6PM.

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About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ("the Fleet") is home to Southern California's only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Heikoff Dome Theater, featuring the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. The Fleet is the first Giant Dome Theater in the country to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX Dome theater, following the recent installation of a new, state-of-the-art, giant dome screen digital GSX™ system from Global Immersion, which augments the existing IMAX® projector in the Heikoff Dome Theater with one of the most comprehensive and powerful fulldome experiences available today. The digital system not only enhances our planetarium capabilities but expands the possibilities for sustainable institutional programming that could include evening programming with cultural content of various kinds. Experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd, the Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at

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