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Science Teaching Tips:  Seeing the Light (Podcast)
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Newton wasn’t really ready to believe that light was a wave, and so he didn’t see what was in front of his eyes. Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells how to do the same experiment that Newton did back in the 1650s to see the wave nature of light.

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Date: February 24, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: light, wave, newton

Links: Paul Doherty’s Web site

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Trimpin (Podcast)
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In this gem from 1990, we get a brief peek into the flourishing mind of German-born composer/sculptor Trimpin, a MacArthur "genius" award winner and the subject of a recent feature documentary. He chronicles his unique adventures through sound and music making, takes audience questions, and stages modified versions of his musical installations in front of the live audience.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: February 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: speaking of music, rewind, trimpin, music, composer, art, sound, inventor

Links: Trimpin documentary

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Miscellaneous:  RODS & MODS (with Gustav) (Clip)
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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.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 18, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: rods, mods, modding, computers


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Science Teaching Tips:  Then You Measure It (Podcast)
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Put kids’ skepticism to work! Children’s book author David Schwartz explains how a class disagreed with the numbers in one of his math books, and set out to prove him wrong!

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Date: February 17, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: math, david, schwartz

Links: David Schwartz’s Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  Whack a Stack (Podcast)
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Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen makes some noise with this activity about Newton’s laws.

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Date: February 10, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: newton, noise

Links: Whack-a-Stack activity
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Pi Day:  A Taste of Pie! (Clip)
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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!

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Date: February 5, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: pi


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After Dark:  Sexplorations: Biologist Kristina Yu (Clip)
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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.

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Date: February 4, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: sexplorations, kristina yu, biology, organisms, sex


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Ice Stories:  A Day in the Life of the DISC Drill (Clip)
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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.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: February 4, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: ice core, drill, drilling, ice sheet, climate change, climate history

Links: Dispatch: A Day in the Life of the DISC Drill

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Science Teaching Tips:  Running Hot and Cold (Podcast)
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Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey explains what temperature and color have to do with one another.

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Date: February 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: temperature, color


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Miscellaneous:  Earl Stirling and his Pyrograph (Clip)
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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.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 28, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Chemistry, Physics

Keywords: earl, dodger, stirling, foucault, pendulum, fire, propane, art, pyrograph, sodium, electron


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