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Recorded live at the Exploratorium 2015
An element for the modern age, lightweight lithium is commonly used in rechargeable batteries, fireworks, and medications for treating bipolar disorder. Lithium is highly reactive, and has served as a fuel source for nuclear weapons as well as a cooling agent in nuclear reactors. See its scarlet contributions to pyrotechnics, and discuss its divided reputation as being both restorative and potentially toxic to our health.
Recorded live at the Exploratorium 2015
In a recent study by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Dr. Julie Andersen found that low doses of lithium prevented Parkinson's symptoms in aged mice with a human mutation for the disease. Join Dr. Andersen to learn more about her research, and lithium’s potential for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Recorded live at the Exploratorium 2015
Zeke Kossover is a Teacher-in-Residence at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, where he trains and supports coaches and mentors who work with novice science teachers in the classroom. For fun, he puts on physics circus shows that work as magic shows in reverse--making confusing things easy to understand. Recorded live at the Exploratorium 2015
Plumb the dark and dangerous worlds of commercial diving and marine construction with Thomas Belcher, President of Underwater Resources, Inc., and learn how helium enables deep-sea divers to safely breathe under pressure. Recorded live at the Exploratorium 2015
Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe. Then why is there a global helium shortage? Follow the trail of our spendthrift affair with this elusive noble gas, and find out why its future remains up in the air.
Learn about helium’s many uses, from cooling magnets in MRI machines to enabling deep-sea divers to safely breathe under pressure.
Featuring: A People's History of the Periodic Table with Paul Stepahin Buried in a cove that later became downtown San Francisco, a Gold Rush-era cargo ship lay lost and forgotten underground until it was exposed by construction in 2013. Marine archeologists and historians share stories of the discovery, excavation, and preservation of this humble yet significant 23-foot maritime artifact, unique among the oldest intact boats in the United States.
Neutrinos can escape from extremely dense environments around black holes or the heart of a star, and thus carry unique information on the most violent processes in the universe—and may shed light on the nature of dark matter.
Baltimore-based musician and composer Dan Deacon hooks listeners with strong melodic lines, immersed in a sea of competing rhythmic structures, distorted sound samples, and synthesized and acoustic textures.
His Resonance performance at the Exploratorium featured the Disklavier, an electronic version of the player-piano. Deacon is influenced by the work of composer Conlon Nancarrow, who pioneered the use of player-pianos to explore music unplayable by human hands.
To see more videos from our Resonance series, go to: exploratorium.edu/resonance Inspired by the works of Bob Miller (1935–2007), natural philosopher, light artist, and Exploratorium icon, Actual Reality invites us to wade into a sea of images and sounds and, through attention, catch slippery, individual moments of reality.
During this multimedia performance, a video recreating one of Miller’s “Light Walks”—outdoor explorations of sunlight resolving into images through both naturally occurring pinholes and ingenious props—flows behind musicians improvising from a simple, expansive score. Through a combination of live performance and technological interventions—including a heliostat prototype Miller originally used for tracking the sun—lucky dragons playfully resolves these visual and aural streams into unique experiences of repeating elements.
Actual Reality is presented in conjunction with "Light Walk: The Work of Bob Miller," an exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library on view through February 5, 2014.
lucky dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles–based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active since 2000, lucky dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. luckydragons.org