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00:00:52
Slow motion footage of Pyrograph, a work by Earl "Dodger" Stirling that has been described as a cross between Dante's Inferno and the Foucault Pendulum. Like a fiery version of the Exploratorium's classic Drawing Board exhibit, Pyrograph swings a pendulum across a sandy, flaming cauldron and traces out oscillating patterns in colorful fire.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Chemistry
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00:02:54
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.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: November 18, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Physics, Art
Running Time:
00:00:38
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.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 14, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science
Running Time:
00:17:30
We speak with glaciologists Slawek Tulaczyk and Jake Walter, who study ice-sheet dynamics.

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

Date: December 19, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:39:52
Join us as we talk to scientists working with IceCube, a neutrino telescope buried in the ice under the South Pole.

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

Date: December 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:31:28
Hear more from scientists working on the Ice Cube telescope at the South Pole.

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

Date: January 12, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:03:24
What is dark energy? Cosmologist Rocky Kolb explains how the South Pole Telescope will help us understand the properties and nature of this mysterious force.

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

Date: December 7, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:41:16
The South Pole Telescope captured its first light on Feb. 16, 2007! Join Exploratorium host Mary Miller as she talks with scientists at the South Pole and finds out more about life at the Pole.

Project: Science from the Poles | Browse All

Date: March 30, 2007
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science
Running Time:
00:15:00
Mary Miller chats with scientists at the South Pole about the nearly-completed telescope. The satellite connection to the pole deteriorated quickly, and we hope to repeat this program in the near future. Stay tuned for updates!

Project: Science from the Poles | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2007
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science
Running Time:
00:37:45
What's Christmas like at the South Pole? Also learn about the Race Around the World and the installation of the telescope's new receiver.

Project: Science from the Poles | Browse All

Date: December 29, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science