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Join the Exploratorium as we connect live for the first time with the E/V Nautilus as it sails the Mediterranean Sea south of Spain. We talk with scientists on the ship and learn about the ship's amazing capabilities and the 2011 exploration mission. Throughout history, tattoos have represented conquests, coming of age, religion, spirituality, art, and even punishment. Today, tattoos are alive and thriving as a form of personal expression. How have modern techniques changed this art form? What are best practices in tattoo creation and care? Why are tattoos permanent—and when are they not? Join us as we "talk tat" with artitsts Suzanne "Fishy" Shifflett and Tanya Wischerath of Modern Electric Tattoo in San Francisco. In this audio slideshow, meet the exploration vessel Nautilus and learn about its 2011 mission in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. (Images copyright Institute for Exploration / Ocean Exploration Trust.) In this new series of short works, local Super-8 filmmaker and Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Paul Clipson gets up close and personal with a dynamic cast of dragonflies, spiders, ants, butterflies, and slugs. These lyrical and concentrated studies reveal the world as more complicated, ugly, and beautiful than we had ever imagined. Accompanied by a newly-commissioned soundtrack by Berlin-based musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
To view this film join us at the Exploratorium! Show is ongoing through Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 A news clip by NBC on the Exploratorium's move to Pier 15 Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off, where teachers compete before a live webcast audience for the sought-after title, "Iron Science Teacher." Emmitt Watson is a fixture at the Neptune Society Columbarium, where he has worked for over 25 years. In this show, we trace his journey from handyman to pacifier-of-hearts to the many people who inurn their loved ones in this unusual and magnificent place. Monday is spiky. The number nine is orange. The letter F smells like smoke. Roughly one percent of people experience such blending of the senses, known as synesthesia. In this episode we meet Bryan Alvarez, a doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkeley, who is researching the neural mechanisms of synesthesia in an effort to explain why only some of us experience this cognitive crosstalk. See the subtle, mesmeric effects revealed by slow-motion observation of three iconic exhibits: Circling Wave Umbrella, in which spinning fabric forms pockets of swirling air; Rift Zone, a miniature geothermal landscape created by air bubbling through fine sand; and Vortex, a swirling vortex of water in a hydrodynamic dance with gravity.
Ever wondered where that crust on your car battery comes from? Exploratorium staff member Chuck Mignacco explains galvanic corrosion and the basics of battery maintenance using a time-honored miracle solvent: Coke. Watch for a surprise guest at the end of the video.