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For thousands of years, Indian women have created these elaborate geometric designs using a variety of natural materials—flowers, spices, sand, and natural pigment—to mark auspicious occasions, celebrations, and milestones.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: April 23, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
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00:23:58
The Nautilus has discovered several well-preserved shipwrecks on their mission, from ancient Greek trading vessels to modern sailboats. Join us as we talk with chief scientist Katy Croff Bell live aboard the Nautilus and see the latest video of their discoveries.

Project: Live Deep-Sea Exploration with the E/V Nautilus | Browse All

Date: October 18, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:03:53
Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn as he unlocks the mystery behind the black sand (a.k.a. magnetite) at Ocean Beach. This piece explores the origin of magnetite in the Sierra Nevada mountains, its journey down the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to the Bay, and the interesting physical properties of this mineral, plus some fun things you can do with it.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: August 9, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:21
This After Dark event, which explored the science behind slowing down, included artist Joe Mangrum, who created a sand mandala on the floor of the museum. In this timelapse video, shot over 8 hours, you can see the full arc of the work.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
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00:01:28
Burning Man is a literal hotbed of explosions and fire. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he looks at the properties that make up fire through the lens of the Burning Man event.

Project: Science at Burning Man | Browse All

Date: September 11, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
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00:00:59
Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains a double rainbow sighting at Burning Man 2010!

Project: Science at Burning Man | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics
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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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00:20.15
We take a tour of Black Island, and speak with Tony Marchetti who for the last 13 years has been running this vital communications station for the U.S. Antarctic operations.

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

Date: December 26, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
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00:00:15
Aeolian Landscape is an exhibit in which a miniature wind-swept desert landscape is recreated by an electric fan and finely ground sand that mimics the process of wind picking up and depositing small particles. Visitors can change the direction of the fan, influencing the shape of the dunes.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:31:36
The two Mars Rovers are alive and well after surviving their second Martian winter. Come and see photos of discoveries they made during their third year on Mars, with Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: March 31, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science