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Reflections:  Testing the Giant Mirror's Sphericity (Clip)
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00:04:49
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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AfterSchool Activities:  Ice Balloons Activity: Introduction (Clip)
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00:00:25
An introduction to the Ice Balloons activity, in which learners explore globes of frozen water and learn how to ask and then answer 'investigable' questions.

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Date: September 2, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: ice, water. inquiry, questioning, investigable questions, experiment, observing, density, temperature, thermal conductivity, center of mass, freezing point depression, heat capacity, water vapor, states of water, states of ice, afterschool

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AfterSchool Activities:  Ice Balloons Activity: Step-by-Step Demonstration (Clip)
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00:07:39
A detailed demonstration of how to do the Ice Balloons activity, including a discussion of materials needed and strategies for getting learners to ask and then investigate questions about what they are seeing.

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Date: September 2, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: ice, water. inquiry, questioning, investigable questions, experiment, observing, density, temperature, thermal conductivity, center of mass, freezing point depression, heat capacity, water vapor, states of water, states of ice, afterschool

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AfterSchool Activities:  Ice Balloons Activity: What's Going On (Clip)
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00:01:03
The science and pedagogy behind this activity, including a discussion of concepts such as density, temperature, thermal conductivity, center of mass, freezing point depression, heat capacity, and the characteristics of the states of water, water vapor, and ice. Also describes strategies for observing, asking questions, and then choosing a question to investigate further.

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Date: September 2, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: ice, water. inquiry, questioning, investigable questions, experiment, observing, density, temperature, thermal conductivity, center of mass, freezing point depression, heat capacity, water vapor, states of water, states of ice, afterschool

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AfterSchool Activities:  Ice Balloons Activity: Going Deeper (Clip)
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00:01:30
In this activity, you'll explore a frozen water balloon to learn how to ask investigable questions and how to use everyday objects to do experiments to answer those questions.

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Date: September 2, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: afterschool

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Miscellaneous:  Between The Folds Preview (Clip)
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00:02:02
The film Between the Folds is a 2009 work by filmmaker Vanessa Gould. Between the Folds chronicles ten artists and scientists who have devoted time to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Vanessa Gould, who has degrees in physics and architecture, explores the expression of mathematics through origami. She became captivated by the art and science of transforming sheets of paper into three-dimensional geometric shapes and exposed a hidden subculture. The film will screen at the Exploratorium on Saturday, October 18th, at 2pm.

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Date: August 28, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: paperfolding, origami, film, physics

Links: Green Fuse Films

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Series Preview (Clip)
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00:01:20
Meet some of the notable artists featured in the Speaking of Music Rewind preview: Brian Eno, Sarah Hopkins, Trimpin, Pamela Z, John Cage, Philip Glass, and Laurie Anderson.

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Date: August 19, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: speaking of music, brian eno, laurie anderson, john cage, 40th anniversary, music


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Ice Stories:  Looking at Climate History for Clues to Our Future (Clip)
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00:05:15
Geologist Chistina Riesselman explains how studying 3-million-year-old sediment from Antarctica is providing a glimpse of what our planet's climate might look like if atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to rise as projected.

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

Date: August 5, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: sediment cores, climate change, climate history, diatoms, glaciers, sea level rise


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MAKE at the Exploratorium:  Maker Faire 2009 Time Lapse 1 (Clip)
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00:00:44
This is a time-lapse movie of a chain reaction activity presented at the Exploratorium booth during Maker Faire 2009. Participants were asked to build a portion of a collective chain reaction contraption, which was set off twice during the day. Photos were taken every 30 seconds and then joined in a 24 fps movie.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: June 29, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science, Physics

Keywords: chain reaction, maker faire


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