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Curiosity has made a discovery! What could it be? Why are JPL scientists keeping this breaking news classified for now? Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon and Ron Hipshman will give you a refresher on Curiosity's SAM instrument and will discuss the process that scientists at JPL must endure before releasing this ground breaking discovery to the public.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: November 27, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science
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00:43:41
How do you work with a robot millions of miles away to make scientific discoveries on a planet you've never set foot on? How do scientists and engineers begin to "see like a rover"- and what can this tell us about who we are as meaning-making creatures? Find out how, by studying the team behind the rover mission, we learn about more than just the surface of Mars.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 17, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:41:53
What would it be like on Mars? Get a sense of Martian living with Exploratorium scientist Paul Doherty. He'll introduce the capabilities of the new rover and demonstrate what the planet would look, smell, and feel like to someone on the ground. Learn how things would fall, how they'd burn, and the shape a Martian snowflake should take in a snowstorm.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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00:07:19
At the 35th Annual Awards Dinner on May 8, 2012, the Exploratorium celebrated its 40 year history at the Palace of Fine Arts. This video gives an historical look at the Exploratorium and its place in the Bay Area's fabric of innovation.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: June 14, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:32:46
Discover the Tibetan Buddhist view of the mind with Geshe Lhakdor. He discusses how awareness and sensory information (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are perceived through different forms of consciousness, and how Buddhist practitioners investigate their inner mental experiences to better understand their experience of the world around them.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
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00:37:04
In this special lecture given at After Dark, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas relates scientific studies of contemplative practices. Dr. Simon-Thomas is Science Director for the Greater Goods Science Center at UC Berkeley. Her current research examines the conceptual nature, experiential properties, and biological underpinnings of positive states like compassion, as well as the potential for cultivating these states and related acts of altruism.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
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Open Make is a monthly program at the Exploratorium, in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar Animation Studios, to highlight the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local makers. As part of this program, makers from the Bay Area will be highlighted to share their work with the public, and Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of Make Magazine will interview Featured Makers in the McBean theater. Join us for live webcasts of the interviews to see what these makers are up to!

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: March 17, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:54:30
What is light? How is it made? In this video, staff physicist Ron Hipschman will talk about and demonstrate light, it's features and various ways it can be made as well as how colors mix.

Project: Color | Browse All

Date: November 16, 2011
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): physics
Running Time:
01:05:50
Exploratorium neuroscientist Richard Brown discusses how we see color, how color vision evolved, why color vision varies from person to person, and how the scientific understanding of color vision has led to technologies such as color photography

Project: Color | Browse All

Date: November 16, 2011
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): physics
Running Time:
02:04:30
An inspiring conversation with Annea Lockwood, New Zealand-born experimental sound artist and musician known for her boundary-burning explorations of the world of natural acoustic sounds and environments.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art