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No one puts the laws of physics to the test quite like the urban skateboarder. Join us for a closer look at the science behind the tricks of the sidewalk-shredding trade, from the basic ollie to high-flying aerial maneuvers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:09:29
Have you ever really listened to a ball bounce? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes the elegant mathematics of a bouncing ball.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: April 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
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00:01:49
A highlight of this After Dark evening was Thee Oh Sees, one of the Bay Area’s best underground bands, who created a playful aural disorientation while playing in front of “visual music” by the late experimental filmmaker and musicologist Harry Smith.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: March 4, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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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
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01:15:45
Laurie Anderson is a groundbreaking American composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and performance artist. She is celebrated for her multimedia performances and innovative use of technology in art. In this candid, in-depth interview from December 1984, Anderson talks about her very diverse inspirations, including her relationship to technology, her past lives, television, and handheld versus electronic instruments. She also plays samples of the music and sounds that fuel her process, as well as some of her own work

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
01:14:06
Laurie Anderson is a groundbreaking American composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and performance artist. She is celebrated for her multimedia performances and innovative use of technology in art. In this candid, in-depth interview from December 1984, Anderson talks about her very diverse inspirations, including her relationship to technology, her past lives, television, and handheld versus electronic instruments. She also plays samples of the music and sounds that fuel her process, as well as some of her own work.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art
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01:17:06
Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and one of the inventors of a type of music called minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary composer, conductor, and teacher Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ravi Shankar. The interview includes many samples of his musical work.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 19, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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01:06:25
Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and inventor of a pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ranew kind of music now known as minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things, including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary vi Shankar, and the unique human narratives that he finds inspirational. The interview includes many samples of his musical work.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 19, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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00:21:06
Dr. Laura Peticolas is a physicist at UC Berkeley's Space Physics Research group. She studies the Aurora to learn more about the Earth and the workings of our Solar System. She's currently working with NASA's Mars data to understand why the Martian aurora looks the way it does. In this podcast she discusses her research, her inspiration and how and why scientists sonify data.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): physics, astronomy
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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.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

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