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Science Teaching Tips:  Electrifying Ideas (Podcast)
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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.

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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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After Dark:  Dr. Megavolt under the Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda (Clip)
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In November 2009, Exploratorium After Dark welcomed particle physicist Dr. Austin Richards—aka Dr. MegaVolt. Under the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda, he jousted with a high-voltage Tesla coil, which generated 200,000 volts of electricity and shot 14-foot-long arcs of lightning through the air.

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Date: November 18, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Physics, Art

Keywords: electricity, electric, tesla, tesla coil, conductivity, arc, palace of fine arts, pfa, after dark, event, danger

Links: Dr. Megavolt

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Science Teaching Tips:  Going to the Dogs (Podcast)
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What do polarized sunglasses have to do with dog urine? Listen to this curious story from staff physicist Paul Doherty.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 28, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: polarized, sunglasses, dog, urine

Links: Paul Doherty’s Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  Stringing Us Along (Podcast)
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TI program participant Mark Hespenheide presents an elegant illustration of free fall using string and paper clips.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 21, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: free, fall, string, paper, clips


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After Dark:  Electrifying Science with Dr. Megavolt® (Clip)
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This electrifying After Dark event featured Austin Richards, Ph.D.—aka, Dr. MegaVolt®—jousting with 14-foot electrical arcs from his high-voltage Tesla coil on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2009. This wonderful performance contributed to the celebration of the Exploratorium’s 40th Anniversary.

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Date: October 14, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science

Keywords: electricity, tesla, static, dr.megavolt® , lightening, after dark


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Miscellaneous:  Shoot the Moon! A Moon-Shaking, Crash-Landing Search for Water (Webcast)
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Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics

Keywords: moon, nasa, lcross, water, ice, crater. observatory, telescope


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Reflections:  Walk Away from the Mirror (Clip)
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Exhibit developer Erik Thogersen backs away from the Giant Mirror. Watch his image change as he passes through the focal point, then continues on past the center of curvature.

Project: Reflections | Browse All

Date: September 9, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics

Keywords: mirror, reflection, focus, curvature, exhibit


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Reflections:  Framing the Real Thing (Clip)
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At the Giant Mirror, Senior Staff Scientist Paul Doherty demonstrates a simple way of locating a real image—an image that floats in space in front of the mirror.

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Date: September 9, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics

Keywords: mirror, reflection, focus, curvature, exhibit, real, virtual


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Reflections:  Testing the Giant Mirror's Sphericity (Clip)
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Senior Staff Scientist Thomas Humphrey invents a simple experiment to see if the Giant Mirror is spherical or parabolic, and then to see if it's perfectly spherical. By placing a Styrofoam ball at the center of curvature, he's able to prove that the mirror is out of pure sphericity by about one-quarter of one degree.

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Date: September 7, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics

Keywords: mirror, reflection, focus, curvature, exhibit, sphere, experiment


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Reflections:  Reflections of Infrared Radiation (Clip)
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00:04:37
Staff Neuroscientist Richard Brown demonstrates that the Giant Mirror reflects infrared radiation as well as visible light.

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Date: September 5, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics

Keywords: mirror, reflection, exhibit, light, heat, experiment


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