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Join Paul Stepahin for a presentation about quantum mechanics and the elements.Boron is complicated. Elusive. Tough. Created in collisions between cosmic rays and interstellar dust, pure boron may be found in meteoroids, but not naturally on Earth. And yet this relatively uncommon element is essential for plant growth, and readily appears in compounds such as borax, famously conveyed by 20-mule teams across Death Valley. A brittle metalloid, boron behaves somewhat like a metal, somewhat like a non-metal. It can be reactive or unreactive. Crystalline or powdered. It can shift from three to four atomic bonds. Imagine boron as elemental spy: enigmatic except in its useful effects.

Project: Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table | Browse All

Date: May 24, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:30:00
Follow the trail of this intriguing element through ceramics, cleaning agents, fireworks, nuclear reactors, and nanotubes. Get a primer on quantum mechanics, play with slime, and see live flameworking with Russell Taylor of Public Glass.

Project: Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table | Browse All

Date: May 23, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics, Chemistry
Running Time:
00:30:00
Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty for a update on the Rosetta Mission, the Philae lander, and Comet 67P. See the latest images and learn about the information gathered thus far!

Project: Rosetta Mission | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:10:45
With the ever shifting boundaries between humans and wildlife in the Bay Area, the daily routine for many has it's challenges and rewards for all involved. Based on biological studies and direct experiences, we focus on a few of our favorite neighboring species who interact with us humans, and our way of life, in more ways than you may think.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 13, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:30:00
Robots have gone where no one has gone before and sent back photographs of things never before seen. Witness robot-captured photos of hellaciously hot venus, cryogenically cold Titan, and many places in between. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty to a brief exploration of the images that have captured our imaginations.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
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00:20:00
As cameras became more sophisticated, so too did our understanding of projective geometry. In this brief talk, we’ll explore how the art of photography has helped reveal the elegant mathematics of vision.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
00:30:00
We are thrilled to host Hubble Imaging expert, Zolt Levay, from the Space Telescope Institute for a discussion about the science and art of translating Hubble's data into colorful photographs of the cosmic landscape.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 7, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:20:00
5 years and 5 servicing missions have provided scientists and the public with unprecedented views of our universe. From objects as close as our solar system to the furthest reaches of the Universe, we’ll look at some of these images and discuss what it took to get them.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: April 30, 2015
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:03:23
Join the Exploratorium's very own Ken Finn as he demonstrates fun activities, mixing up science with items found around the house.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: April 22, 2015
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): general Science
Running Time:
00:02:12
Join the Exploratorium's very own Ken Finn as he demonstrates fun activities, mixing up science with items found around the house.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: April 22, 2015
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science