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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: February 21, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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05:15
PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) is an animal sanctuary founded by former Hollywood animal trainer Pat Derby and her partner, Ed Stewart, in 1984. What started as a small space intended only to care for Pat's own retired animals has become one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the world, and a very unique way of life for Pat and Ed. In this show, we focus on the unique relationship they maintain with the 8 elephants in residence.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: February 16, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, Life Science/Biology
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00:03:53
Senior Exploratorium Scientist, Paul Doherty demonstrates how you can make your own sun viewer. You can safely view sunspots, eclipses and transits with this equipment that you may have laying around the house! To learn more about the upcoming Transit of Venus visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/question3.html

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 16, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:06:39
Beneath the 100-year-old piers that will soon house the new Exploratorium, highly specialized divers are working around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: February 13, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:01:48
Every winter, the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event presents the artistry of master mixologists shaken with the science behind the craft. Guest mixologists will join us from popular San Francisco bars to mix delicious cocktails, while guests participate in interactive science experiments about alcohol, inebriation, hangovers, cocktail creation, and more. Music by Wayne Grim

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 8, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:04:10
San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, producing tasty meals—and thousands of gallons of used cooking oil. See how the SFGreasecycle program is turning this grease glut into fuel for the city's bus fleet.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 25, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:02:25
Originally produced for NOVA in 1982, Jon Else's film, "Palace of Delights" takes a look behind the scenes at the Exploratorium in action.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: January 19, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science,
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00:00:40
This After Dark, we celebrated the allure of real rocks, paper, and scissors, and explored some surprising theories surrounding the game. Using the official rules of the World RPS Society, we hosted our own Rock Paper Scissors tournament.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 16, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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02:12:00
Dr. Frank Oppenheimer discussing the origins of the Exploratorium Explainer Programs.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: January 12, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:11:47
Well, we tried our live webcast experiment and had some technical difficulties-there are always potential hazards when you make live programs. Nevertheless, here is the show, and we hope you enjoy it! Since there is rarely fog in the winter in San Francisco, Exploratorium Senior Science Educator, Scientist Eric Muller will create fog using Liquid Nitrogen just outside the Museum.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 11, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Fog, weather, experiment, liquid nitrogen