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00:05:20
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey explains what temperature and color have to do with one another.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: February 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:10:24
Exploratorium staff member Earl Stirling demonstrates the amazing "Pyrograph", an artwork refined over four years. Like a fiery version of the museum’s classic Drawing Board, Stirling’s "Pyrograph" swings a pendulum over a sandy cauldron, tracing out oscillating patterns in colorful fire. This mesmerizing piece evokes both the Foucault pendulum and Dante’s Inferno.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 28, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Chemistry, Physics
Running Time:
00:03:19
Catch a glimpse of the floor as viewed from atop the concrete pendulum on the Exploratorium's Mezzanine.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 27, 2010
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, Physics
Running Time:
00:25:13
Have you ever wondered exactly what clouds are made of, or what the difference is between a cumulus and lenticular cloud? Clouds are an ever-present, ever-changing part of our natural landscape. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, and capture our imagination with their endless permutations. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty for a live Webcast about cloud physics. Paul will discuss the basic makeup of clouds, and explore some of the aspects that make them such a rich part of our daily lives.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 16, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:08:39
Geeks have strange hobbies. Staff physicist Paul Doherty plays the corrugated plastic tube, also known as a “whirly,” and explains the surprising science behind the sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:08:42
Exploratorium graphic artist David Barker describes the physics of baseball bats, and makes some sweet music in the process!

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 6, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:08:12
Staff educator Modesto Tamez tells how he gets students exploring electromagnets, a great preparation for making an electric motor.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:36:28
As a special event in conjunction with the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, we connected a live audience at the Exploratorium with scientists at the South Pole. Learn about atmospheric research at the South Pole from NOAA's Nick Morgan, the IceCube neutrino detector from Mark Krasberg and Laura Gladstone, and the South Pole Telescope from Bill Holzapfel.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 17, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:17:15
Join exhibit developer Charles Sowers as he demonstrates Watch Water Freeze, an exhibit designed to encourage noticing. Patience with this piece is rewarded with breathtaking patterns of ice crystals. Viewed through a polarizing filter, the beautiful colors and crystalline structures of Watch Water Freeze have inspired countless museum visitors to reach for their cameras.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: December 16, 2009
Format: Exhibit
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Chemistry, Physics, Art
Running Time:
00:09:39
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey divulges a clever way to measure the speed of sound, and he explains how he’s used that information to measure things in the world.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 2, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics