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Animals are a source of energy-rich food even after they die. Here we can see beetles, flies, bacteria, and other organisms feasting on carcasses. Watch the process of a deceased monitor lizard providing energy for other organisms to live in this time-lapse video. Look for this exhibit in the museum, upstairs in the Traits of Life area. Get a special sneak peek at the Exploratorium's lab. Living Systems' Caitlin Johnson shares this space where public is not allowed. Today's Live from the Lab highlights the museum's "warm room," where plants are grown, eggs are incubated, and zebrafish are farmed.
Th Exploratorium's lab is an unusual museum feature, allowing a greater variety of programs and exhibits about biology. A highlight of this After Dark evening was Thee Oh Sees, one of the Bay Area’s best underground bands, who created a playful aural disorientation while playing in front of “visual music” by the late experimental filmmaker and musicologist Harry Smith.
Science of Cocktails presented the artistry of master mixologists shaken with the science behind the craft. Taking an in-depth, interactive look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails, this first-time Exploratorium fundraiser engaged guests in an exploration of their favorite libations like they've never experienced before. For three days in February 2010, the Exploratorium showcased the innovations and outlaw aesthetics of custom computer culture. An outgrowth of the hacker community, personal computer modding was born from the need for speed and personal style. Celebrate Pi Day— an international holiday born at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Join us for a live webcast where we examine the nature of everyone's favorite mathmatical constant, 3.1415926535…ad infinitum!
The Exploratorium TV crew caught up with Exploratorium Living Systems director, Dr. Kristina Yu, at After Dark: Sexplorations. Kristina confirmed it for us—sex is all around us, all the time. This short video summarizes all of the steps in collecting an ice core using the Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) drill. Thomas Bauska, of Oregon State University helped Heidi Roop put together this video. Exploratorium staff member Earl Stirling demonstrates the amazing "Pyrograph", an artwork refined over four years. Like a fiery version of the museum’s classic Drawing Board, Stirling’s "Pyrograph" swings a pendulum over a sandy cauldron, tracing out oscillating patterns in colorful fire. This mesmerizing piece evokes both the Foucault pendulum and Dante’s Inferno.