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After Dark:  Resolution: Mark Lottor's Cubatron (Clip)
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This After Dark event featured a special installation of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor. A visually stunning favorite of music and art festival audiences, the Cubatron is a 3–D light sculpture made from 8–x–8-foot modular cubes, each containing 1,000 individually programmable RGB LEDs. Viewed from any direction—even underneath—the Cubatron’s thousands of programmed pixels paint exquisite arrays of color that cascade in spectacularly dynamic patterns.

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Date: January 20, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science

Keywords: cubatron, mark lotter, exploratorium, after dark, led art, sculpture


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Miscellaneous:  A Close Look at Clouds (Webcast)
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00:25:13
Have you ever wondered exactly what clouds are made of, or what the difference is between a cumulus and lenticular cloud? Clouds are an ever-present, ever-changing part of our natural landscape. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, and capture our imagination with their endless permutations. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty for a live Webcast about cloud physics. Paul will discuss the basic makeup of clouds, and explore some of the aspects that make them such a rich part of our daily lives.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 16, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics

Keywords: clouds, wind, air, moisture, percipitation, lenticular, cumulus, sky


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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Astor Piazzolla (Podcast)
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On January 15th we will release a gem of a vintage interview with revolutionary musician/composer Astor Piazolla! In this inspired 1989 chat, Argentinean nuevo tango composer and bandoneon (concertina) player Astor Piazzolla dazzles the audience with a surprising story about the tango's origin in Argentina. He traces his musical beginnings and the "very beautiful way of feeling crazy" that resulted in his best compositions. Piazzolla also plays the bandoneon, and answers audience questions.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: January 15, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: speaking of music, astor piazzola, tango,


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Science Teaching Tips:  Whirled Music (Podcast)
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00:08:39
Geeks have strange hobbies. Staff physicist Paul Doherty plays the corrugated plastic tube, also known as a “whirly,” and explains the surprising science behind the sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: whirly, sound, music

Links: The science of whirlies
Sounds like fun

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After Dark:  Resolution:Media Artist Ken Murphy (Clip)
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Ken Murphy, creator of A History of the Sky— a time-lapse visualization that will span an entire year—talks about his project during the After Dark event, Resolution.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: ken murphy, history of the sky, time-lapse, installation, clouds, sky, video, weather, technology, art

Links: Ken Murphy's Website

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Science Teaching Tips:  Hey Batter, Batter! (Podcast)
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00:08:42
Exploratorium graphic artist David Barker describes the physics of baseball bats, and makes some sweet music in the process!

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 6, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: baseball, bats, physics, science, music

Links: Exploratorium’s science of baseball

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Miscellaneous:  Exploratorium Floor Walk (Clip)
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A mouse's eye view of the main floor of the Exploratorium. Filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts location in January 2010.

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Date: January 5, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): general science, art

Keywords: tracking shot, museum


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Science Teaching Tips:  Ooh, You Make My Motor Run (Podcast)
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Staff educator Modesto Tamez tells how he gets students exploring electromagnets, a great preparation for making an electric motor.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: electromagnets, electric, motor

Links: Stripped Down Motor activity

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Science Teaching Tips:  Groovy Sounds (Podcast)
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TI staff educator Eric Muller explains how to make your own record player!

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Date: December 23, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: record, player

Links: Groovy Sounds activity
More of Eric Muller’s activities

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Brian Eno Part 1 (Podcast)
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Brian Eno is a supremely influential English musician, composer, producer, and popularizer of ambient music. In this informal, free-range chat from February 1988, Eno discusses his origins as an artist and some of the major influences in his life. He’s never short on wit or opinions, and the interview will amuse fans and newcomers alike.

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Date: December 18, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: brian eno, speaking of music rewind


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