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00:07:04
What is indigo anyway? Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells the story behind ROYGBIV, and how he'd like to change that standard palette.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: April 28, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
00:01:22
In June, 2010, the Exploratorium will launch it's newest exhibition, Geometry Playground. Check out this teaser clip and come back for more on June 25th, 2010.

Project: Geometry Playground | Browse All

Date: April 7, 2010
Format: Exhibit
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:06:50
Despite my better judgment, I invite TI staff educator Eric Muller to do one more set of activities—several things you can do with soda straws.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: March 24, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:04:52
Newton wasn’t really ready to believe that light was a wave, and so he didn’t see what was in front of his eyes. Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells how to do the same experiment that Newton did back in the 1650s to see the wave nature of light.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: February 24, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:04:40
Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen makes some noise with this activity about Newton’s laws.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: February 10, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:05:20
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey explains what temperature and color have to do with one another.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: February 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:10:24
Exploratorium staff member Earl Stirling demonstrates the amazing "Pyrograph", an artwork refined over four years. Like a fiery version of the museum’s classic Drawing Board, Stirling’s "Pyrograph" swings a pendulum over a sandy cauldron, tracing out oscillating patterns in colorful fire. This mesmerizing piece evokes both the Foucault pendulum and Dante’s Inferno.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 28, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Chemistry, Physics
Running Time:
00:03:19
Catch a glimpse of the floor as viewed from atop the concrete pendulum on the Exploratorium's Mezzanine.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 27, 2010
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, Physics
Running Time:
00:25:13
Have you ever wondered exactly what clouds are made of, or what the difference is between a cumulus and lenticular cloud? Clouds are an ever-present, ever-changing part of our natural landscape. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, and capture our imagination with their endless permutations. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty for a live Webcast about cloud physics. Paul will discuss the basic makeup of clouds, and explore some of the aspects that make them such a rich part of our daily lives.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 16, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics