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00:09:30
There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing.

16:54:00
Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim used the video of the transit to create a sound composition in real time. As the video signal was received by Wayne's computer, a program he wrote converted the signal into a unique aural experience. http://www.waynegrim.com

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Watch the beginning of Venus’s transit across the disk of the sun, one of the rarest astronomical events.

00:02:00
Watch the conclusion of Venus’s 6.5-hour journey across the disk of the sun, one of the rarest astronomical events.

00:04:20
Learn about NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii, the location of the Exploratorium’s June 5, 2012, webcast of the transit of Venus. A leading atmospheric research facility, the observatory has been collecting and monitoring data relating to atmospheric change since the 1950s. Dr John Barnes, the Station Chief for the observatory, describes the functions of the MLO, which provides valuable long-term and continuous recording of data.

00:03:16
Dr. John Barnes, Station Manager of NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, shares the history of Charles Keeling's pioneering carbon dioxide measurements, which have been taken continually at Mauna Loa since 1958.

00:05:09
In this age of iPods and MP3s, the vinyl record (still) stands as an object of curiosity and ongoing admiration. What’s the real difference between a 78 and a 45? Why do they call it “cutting a record” when an album is recorded? Music enthusiast Wade Wright of San Francisco takes us back in time to explain the history and technology of vinyl records.

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

On August 4, 2011 After Dark Blue delved into the color of cool with explorations of indigo, underwater vision, color photography, and blues performances by Lady Bianca, Bobbie Webb, and Fillmore Slim.

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Thao Nguyen is a prolific San Francisco-based musician and songwriter who has recorded four albums already in her young career. In this candid reflection on her songwriting practice, she describes her process of shaping her emotional struggles and introspection into words, music, and then into exuberant performance. At the core of her practice is a drive to mine her personal experiences to provide empathy and camaraderie for others going through life’s darker moments.