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After Dark:  Fire and Ice: Pyrograph in Slow Motion (Clip)
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Slow motion footage of Pyrograph, a work by Earl "Dodger" Stirling that has been described as a cross between Dante's Inferno and the Foucault Pendulum. Like a fiery version of the Exploratorium's classic Drawing Board exhibit, Pyrograph swings a pendulum across a sandy, flaming cauldron and traces out oscillating patterns in colorful fire.

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Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Chemistry

Keywords: pyrograph, fire, sand, earl sterling, after dark, pendulum, patterns, salts


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After Dark:  Fire and Ice: Magnesium Burning in Dry Ice (Clip)
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Most things won't burn on Mars—after all, the main ingredient in the Martian atmosphere, carbon dioxide, is used in fire extinguishers on earth. So how would one create fire without oxygen? Use metal!This slow motion footage shows magnesium burning within a block of dry ice.

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Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, Art

Keywords: fire, magnesium, oxygen, burn, light, glow, dry ice, demonstration, snack


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Science Teaching Tips:  That Sounds Good (Podcast)
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00:09:39
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey divulges a clever way to measure the speed of sound, and he explains how he’s used that information to measure things in the world.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 2, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: sound, speed, measure


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Exploratorium History:  Author K.C. Cole and Others on Frank Oppenheimer (Webcast)
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Join A, K. C. Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up, in conversation with Exploratorium Director Dr. Dennis Bartels, eminent San Francisco Chronicle science writer David Perlman, Cinema Arts Director Liz Keim, and Exploratorium physicist Thomas Humphrey. A question-and-answer session followed the panel discussion.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: December 1, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art, Cognitive Science/Psychology, General Science, History, Physics

Keywords: frank oppenheimer, frank, k.c cole, exploratorium, history, museum, panel, creation, founder, philosophy, mission

Links: K. C. Cole's Website

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Exploratorium History:  Exploratorium - From An Interview with Dr. Frank Oppenheimer (Clip)
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Produced by Thorne Films, this very early 1972 film details some of the history and thought that went into the creation of the Exploratorium as told by its founding director, Frank Oppenheimer.

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Date: November 30, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science, History

Keywords: frank oppenheimer, history of exploratorium


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Science Teaching Tips:  Electrifying Ideas (Podcast)
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00:05:54
The ancient Greeks knew about magnets, and they knew about electricity, too. But it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that a connection between the two was discovered. Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells the story of how a professor made the connection…which led to modern motors.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: November 25, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: greeks, magnets, electricity, motors

Links: Paul Doherty’s Web site

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Laurie Anderson Part 1 (Podcast)
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Laurie Anderson is a groundbreaking American composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and performance artist. She is celebrated for her multimedia performances and innovative use of technology in art. In this candid, in-depth interview from December 1984, Anderson talks about her very diverse inspirations, including her relationship to technology, her past lives, television, and handheld versus electronic instruments. She also plays samples of the music and sounds that fuel her process, as well as some of her own work

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: laurie anderson, speaking of music, 40th, experimental music, composing

Links: Laurie Anderson Website

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Laurie Anderson Part 2 (Podcast)
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Laurie Anderson is a groundbreaking American composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and performance artist. She is celebrated for her multimedia performances and innovative use of technology in art. In this candid, in-depth interview from December 1984, Anderson talks about her very diverse inspirations, including her relationship to technology, her past lives, television, and handheld versus electronic instruments. She also plays samples of the music and sounds that fuel her process, as well as some of her own work.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: laurie anderson, speaking of music, 40th, experimental music, composing

Links: Laurie Anderson Website

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Philip Glass Part 1 (Podcast)
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01:17:06
Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and one of the inventors of a type of music called minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary composer, conductor, and teacher Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ravi Shankar. The interview includes many samples of his musical work.

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Date: November 19, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: philip glass, speaking of music, 40th, experimental music

Links: Phillip Glass Website

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Philip Glass Part 2 (Podcast)
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01:06:25
Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and inventor of a pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ranew kind of music now known as minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things, including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary vi Shankar, and the unique human narratives that he finds inspirational. The interview includes many samples of his musical work.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 19, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: philip glass, speaking of music, 40th, experimental music

Links: Phillip Glass Website

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