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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:   A Conversation with Lena Herzog (Clip)
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01:13:00
There is nothing conceited about strandbeests, even though they are sophisticated and multilayered. And that combination of sophistication and simplicity extends even to their construction, because if you look at them they seem complex but actually they are built up from repetitions of just a handful of core principles. Lena Herzog, in conversation with Lawrence Weschler

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Date: June 14, 2016
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: talk, strandbeest, photography


Resonance:  Eric Glick Rieman: Performance (Clip)
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00:45:00
Bay Area composer and improviser Eric Glick Rieman collaborates with snails, cats, and musicians to embrace a variety of perspectives in his wide-ranging pieces. Glick Rieman is known for his improvisations on the prepared and extended Rhodes electric piano, which he plays with coral, wire brush, bow, and marbles while muting its interior with rubber washers, cloth, and paper.

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Date: June 13, 2016
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: art, music, resonance


Resonance:  Eric Glick Rieman: Interview (Clip)
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00:30:00
Meditation, repetition, and breath are three of my favorite things. Eric Glick Rieman

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Date: June 13, 2016
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: music


Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:  The Blind Watchmaker With Paul Stepahin (Clip)
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00:25:00
Theo Jansens strandbeests are made up of many interesting organs. They have legs that take elegant strides. They have stomachs to store energy, allowing them to walk even when theres no wind. They can even detect water and count their steps. Explore strandbeest anatomy and what it reveals about living creatures and the process of natural selection.

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Date: June 6, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:  Ways of Knowing: Theo Jansen in Conversation with Marina McDougall (Clip)
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01:02:09
How did Jansen first envision creatures capable of walking on sand? Of surviving waves and storms? Explore the iterative and creative processes behind strandbeest evolution during an intimate conversation with renowned artist Theo Jansen and Marina McDougall, director of the Exploratoriums Center for Art & Inquiry. Learn how Jansens singular visionand the haphazard lessons of sheer trial and errorhas shaped his new forms of life, as well as their emerging independence.

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Date: May 31, 2016
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: theo jansen, marina mcdougall, strandbeest, pvc, pvc pipe, ways of knowing


Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table:  Silicon: Ron Hipschman (Clip)
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00:35:00
Thrown from supernovae, silicon is the eighth most abundant element in the universe and second only to oxygen in the Earths crust, which is primarily comprised of silicate compounds, including silica (SiO2), or quartz, commonly found in sand. Silica is absorbed by plants and transformed into intricate glass shells by radiolarians and other microscopic marine creatures. Humans, for their part, have worked silica into glass, ceramics, and devices such as phonograph pickups and crystal oscillators for clocks.

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Date: May 26, 2016
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, General Science

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Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table:  Silicon: Denise King (Clip)
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00:24:00
Thrown from supernovae, silicon is the eighth most abundant element in the universe and second only to oxygen in the Earths crust, which is primarily comprised of silicate compounds, including silica (SiO2), or quartz, commonly found in sand. Silica is absorbed by plants and transformed into intricate glass shells by radiolarians and other microscopic marine creatures. Humans, for their part, have worked silica into glass, ceramics, and devices such as phonograph pickups and crystal oscillators for clocks. Join Exploratorium exhibit developer, Denise King, as she explores the magic of biogenic silica.

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Date: May 26, 2016
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, General Science

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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:  Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen (Clip)
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00:00:30
Experience Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Exploratorium from May 27 to September 5, 2016. Jansens strandbeestsbeach animals in Dutchare enormous, self-propelling kinetic creations. Constructed largely of PVC tubing and other hardware store materials, strandbeests are mesmerizing in their motions and eerily lifelike. Equipped with sensory organs and ever-evolving survival strategies, they walk a wandering, wind-blown line between art and engineering, mechanics and biology. Physicist-turned-artist Jansen has been creating strandbeests since 1990. Iteratively designed and intricately assembled, Jansens self-propelled creatures have evolved over the years, becoming increasingly complex and lifelike, with specialized adaptations to help them survive in their seaside environment. On tour for the first time in North America, the exhibition is illuminated by artist sketches, immersive video, live demonstrations, and the lyrical photography of Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the strandbeests evolution.

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Date: May 25, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:  Strandbeest on the Fog Bridge (Clip)
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00:00:30
Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen The Exploratorium Friday, May 27 Monday, September 5, 2016 Experience Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Exploratorium from May 27 to September 5, 2016. Jansens strandbeestsbeach animals in Dutchare enormous, self-propelling kinetic creations. Constructed largely of PVC tubing and other hardware store materials, strandbeests are mesmerizing in their motions and eerily lifelike. Equipped with sensory organs and ever-evolving survival strategies, they walk a wandering, wind-blown line between art and engineering, mechanics and biology. Physicist-turned-artist Jansen has been creating strandbeests since 1990. Iteratively designed and intricately assembled, Jansens self-propelled creatures have evolved over the years, becoming increasingly complex and lifelike, with specialized adaptations to help them survive in their seaside environment. On tour for the first time in North America, the exhibition is illuminated by artist sketches, immersive video, live demonstrations, and the lyrical photography of Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the strandbeests evolution. http://www.exploratorium.edu/strandbeest

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Date: May 25, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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In the Balance: Bringing Science to Justice with David Faigman:  Autonomy on Endless Trial: The Promise and Perils of Predictive Testing for Alzheimers Disease (Podcast)
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00:55:10
What if your brain showed signs of Alzheimers diseasedecades before any symptoms occurred? Would you want to know? Alzheimers disease, which cant be slowed, stopped, or prevented, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Alzheimers Association. Among older Americans, Alzheimers is more feared than any other disease, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Research suggests that the molecular changes of Alzheimers disease and other dementias may occur up to two decades before symptoms appear. Clinicians are able to clarify diagnoses of Alzheimers disease using molecular biomarkers found through techniques such as lumbar punctures or molecular brain scans. Someday, these techniques could be applied to cognitively normal people to predict whether or not theyll develop the disease. But should they? Professional societies have cautioned against this use, given the lack of proven treatments to prevent Alzheimers disease in cognitively normal individuals who test positive. Many of us would value knowing this health information, either in its own right or to help us plan for our futures. But society hasnt caught up to living with a brain at risk. There are laws prohibiting employment insurance discrimination based on our genetic information; however these laws dont apply to molecular biomarkers. Those who seek predictive testing may also face serious, unintended consequences from receiving this information.

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Date: May 24, 2016
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Law Neuroscience

Keywords: law neuroscience alzheimer's


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