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The Ebola virus has spread from West Africa to the United States with three confirmed cases and one death. The outbreak is generating fear, airport screenings, and a storm of media coverage. But how worried should we really be? Get the facts about Ebola from UCSF physician and infectious disease researcher Charles Chiu, who studies the Ebola virus and how it spreads.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: November 7, 2014
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
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00:25:00
Join Exploratorium scientist Paul Doherty as he illuminates the most primitive objects—comets, icy leftovers from the formation of our solar system over 4.6 billion years ago.

Project: Rosetta Mission | Browse All

Date: April 23, 2014
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:28:54
Sound artists Shane A. Myrbeck and Emily Shisko elaborate on their thought process behind their interactive sound installation, Fathom: Self-Assembling Music. This art work was presented in the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum in 2013 and into 2014.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 25, 2014
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
01:00:00
Join JoAnne Hewett, a theoretical physicist from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and Maria Spiropulu, a Caltech experimental physicist working at CERN, who came to the Exploratorium to speak with us about the implications of the Higgs discovery.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: July 2, 2013
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science
Running Time:
00:30:00
Curiosity has made a discovery! What could it be? Why are JPL scientists keeping this breaking news classified for now? Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon and Ron Hipshman will give you a refresher on Curiosity's SAM instrument and will discuss the process that scientists at JPL must endure before releasing this ground breaking discovery to the public.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: November 27, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science
Running Time:
00:43:41
How do you work with a robot millions of miles away to make scientific discoveries on a planet you've never set foot on? How do scientists and engineers begin to "see like a rover"- and what can this tell us about who we are as meaning-making creatures? Find out how, by studying the team behind the rover mission, we learn about more than just the surface of Mars.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 17, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:41:53
What would it be like on Mars? Get a sense of Martian living with Exploratorium scientist Paul Doherty. He'll introduce the capabilities of the new rover and demonstrate what the planet would look, smell, and feel like to someone on the ground. Learn how things would fall, how they'd burn, and the shape a Martian snowflake should take in a snowstorm.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:07:19
At the 35th Annual Awards Dinner on May 8, 2012, the Exploratorium celebrated its 40 year history at the Palace of Fine Arts. This video gives an historical look at the Exploratorium and its place in the Bay Area's fabric of innovation.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: June 14, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:32:46
Discover the Tibetan Buddhist view of the mind with Geshe Lhakdor. He discusses how awareness and sensory information (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are perceived through different forms of consciousness, and how Buddhist practitioners investigate their inner mental experiences to better understand their experience of the world around them.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:37:04
In this special lecture given at After Dark, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas relates scientific studies of contemplative practices. Dr. Simon-Thomas is Science Director for the Greater Goods Science Center at UC Berkeley. Her current research examines the conceptual nature, experiential properties, and biological underpinnings of positive states like compassion, as well as the potential for cultivating these states and related acts of altruism.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology