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An introduction to a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon. A detailed demonstration of how to make a stroboscope, including a discussion of materials needed. The science behind the Whirling Watcher stroboscope, including a discussion of the phenomenon called persistence of vision, which in this activity creates the illusion of a galloping horse. An introduction to the jitterbug, a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor. A detailed demonstration of how to make this toy, including a discussion of materials needed. The science behind this toy, including a discussion of how electric circuits work, and how an unbalanced load (an off-center weight on your jitterbug) results in rotational vibration. At the Balancing Ball exhibit, a plastic beach ball floats mysteriously several feet above a large plastic cone. Upon closer inspection, the ball is found to be floating on a stream of air blowing out of the cone; visitors interact with the ball, changing its position in relation to the air flow. 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. Artist Sheldon Brown creates an urban/suburban/rural environment in which the visitor literally "paints" the flying landscape with highways, buildings, and automobiles. This exhibit was part of the Virtual Unreality exhibition. Interview with Ice Stories correspondent and archeologist, Ann Jensen.