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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.

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.

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.

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.

Join the Exploratorium's very own Ken Finn as he demonstrates fun activities, mixing up science with items found around the house.

Join the Exploratorium's very own Ken Finn as he demonstrates fun activities, mixing up science with items found around the house.

Curious about Tofu? The folks over at Hodo Soy Beanery tell us everything we ever wanted to know about how Tofu (and its "sexier cousin" Yuba) is made. Music by Wayne Grim For more information on Hodo Soy Beanery- http://hodosoy.com

“They Say They Want to Bring Me in Guilty”: On the Need to Make Forensic Identification 'Science' Scientific

On January 30, 2015, the Exploratorium Lab hosted its fifth annual Science of Cocktails event. More than 1,200 guests sipped creative concoctions; explored the biology, chemistry, and physics of craft cocktails; and enjoyed the museum's hands-on exhibits and activities.

Navigating bustling city streets can be a challenge for anyone at times. Can you imagine crossing a busy street, walking up a flight of stairs or using public transportation without the gift of sight? In this Science in the City you'll catch a glimpse of how Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity, and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.