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See the subtle, mesmeric effects revealed by slow-motion observation of three iconic exhibits: Circling Wave Umbrella, in which spinning fabric forms pockets of swirling air; Rift Zone, a miniature geothermal landscape created by air bubbling through fine sand; and Vortex, a swirling vortex of water in a hydrodynamic dance with gravity.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: August 30, 2011
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, General Science
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00:00:36
See slow-motion footage of flames licking through ice during a demonstration by Eric Muller of the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute. Can you guess what he added to the bottom of the vessel before lighting it?

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Chemistry
Running Time:
00:00:15
The Chaotic Pendulum exhibit contains a deceptively simple set of pendulums in a steel and Plexiglas case. The visitor twists a protruding knob, expecting the resulting motion to be fairly predictable. But the device's motion is chaotic, extremely complicated and long-lived.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:37:16
The Exploratorium's Ron Hipschman shows how a double disk with a string attached is a great way to study the physics of motion. Then Captain Yo and Doc Popular astound with amazing yo-yo tricks.

Project: California State Yo-Yo Championships at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: September 8, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:23:04
Using a simple ball-bearing model, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Dr. Paul Doherty demonstrates Brownian Motion and explains how it proves the existence of atoms.

Project: The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity | Browse All

Date: August 5, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
1:00:13
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: Clothespins!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
1:01:08
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient- carbohydrates!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 2, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:48:17
The Live @ cast and crew take a journey to our Nation's Capitol for a special politically-charged edition of Iron Science Teacher. The competitors must create a math or science activity that is politically correct and leaves no child behind.

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: March 16, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
1:00:51
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: Eggs!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 19, 2002
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
0:16:17
In these archived webcasts from inside the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) exhibition hall, watch as Exploratorium senior scientist Tom Humphrey challenges some of the top scientists in the world to explain the phenomena behind selected exhibits from the museum floor. In this webcast: the String Squirter exhibit, as explained by a guest physicist Leon Lederman.

Project: AAAS Annual Meeting Dispatches, San Francisco | Browse All

Date: February 18, 2001
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics