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An interview with Isabel Hawkins, Co-director/Research Astronomer, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory; Co-director, NASA Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.

When astronomer Isabel Hawkins began exploring the astronomical work of Native Americans, their knowledge broadened her view of the night sky. She's since discovered several scientists incorporating the work of native people, both modern and ancient, into their current-day research. Isabel describes how she sees science as a cultural construct, the value of learning from personal experience, and that evidence comes in many forms.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: August 20, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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00:00:29
A witty public service announcement for The Superstition Obstacle Course, where visitors were invited to challenge some superstitions. Superstition Obstacle Course was part of the Mind exhibit collection.

Project: TV and Radio Spots | Browse All

Date: June 10, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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01:23:17
Invisibility, teleportation, mind reading—the stuff of science fiction, right? Yet much of today’s technology was once considered impossible. Given enough time, couldn’t incredible ideas like these also become commonplace? In this unique presentation, author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku brings to life the science behind parallel universes and other fantastic phenomena. He’ll discuss the role of nanotechnology in learning to simulate invisibility, explain why NASA envisions sending “nanoships” to the stars, and reveal how nanoscience may provide an escape from the death of the universe itself.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: March 29, 2008
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:30:48
Dr. Tejal Desai of UCSF talks about the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine, an area of research that has dramatic implications for the future. It could lead to artificially engineered tissues, or more effective drug delivery. It could also result in new kinds of health monitoring devices, as Dr. Thomas Murray, from the Hastings Center, explains.

Project: NISE: SmallTalk | Browse All

Date: May 22, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Sciences/Biology, Medicine
Running Time:
00:30:26
The Teacher Institute's own food and entertainment maven takes us on a whirlwind tour of our golden city. Find out about the cheapest eats, the best place to see Art Deco or to go kayaking, and where to get insulted while you get your sandwich. These are Modesto's opinions; they don't represent the Exploratorium or its funders.

Project: Teacher Institute Summer Institute | Browse All

Date: April 25, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
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00:05:35
If you’ve been accepted into our Summer Institute, we suggest you listen to this short podcast, which tells you some things we think you should know about the program before you arrive.

Project: Teacher Institute Summer Institute | Browse All

Date: April 17, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:26:04
Want to get off the grid but think it’s just too expensive? UCB's Dr. Jeff Grossman explains how nanotechnology may be used to make solar panels cheaper. We’ll also hear from philosopher Patrick Lin of the Nanoethics Group about ethical dilemmas that crop up when we try to improve our lives through nanotechnology.

Project: NISE: SmallTalk | Browse All

Date: April 16, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Physics, Chemistry
Running Time:
26:56
Julia Moore and Evan Michelson of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars talk about nanotechnology products they’ve found for sale in a variety of stores. Should these products have some sort of special label? Journalist Philip Ball also weighs in on the controversy.

Project: NISE: SmallTalk | Browse All

Date: March 15, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Nanotechnology
Running Time:
00:28:20
Dr. Jim Tour, a chemist at Rice University, builds the world’s smallest vehicles. He calls them “nanocars,” and he thinks these tiny vehicles might lead to nano-sized factories. We’ll also hear from University of Florida graduate student Diane Hickey, who will tell us some of the interesting reactions she’s run into when explaining nanotechnology.

Project: NISE: SmallTalk | Browse All

Date: February 15, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Nanotechnology, Physics
Running Time:
00:22:52
Join us as we speak with IBM Fellow Dr. Don Eigler, who first used a scanning tunneling microscope to demonstrate the ability to build structures at the atomic level by spelling “I-B-M” with individual atoms. Also, meet Tom Rockwell, Director of Public Exhibition at the Exploratorium, who describes, in an audio essay, how he imagines the land of the very small.

Project: NISE: SmallTalk | Browse All

Date: January 19, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Nanotechnology, Physics