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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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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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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen:  Artist Theo Jansen Prepares Strandbeests at the Exploratorium (Clip)
Running Time:
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. http://www.exploratorium.edu/strandbeest

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Date: May 20, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table:  Aluminum: Ron Hipschman (Clip)
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00:32:00
Versatile aluminum, once worth nearly twice its weight in gold, has since become the quintessential metal of our modern lives. While successfully isolated by Hans Christian rsted in 1825 and Friedrich Whler in 1827, metallic aluminum remained hard to obtain until the end of the nineteenth century, when a new smelting process made it inexpensive to produce. Find out more about aluminum from Exploratorium scientist, Ron Hipschman.

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Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table:  Aluminum: Mara Holt Skov (Clip)
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00:25:00
Versatile aluminum, once worth nearly twice its weight in gold, has since become the quintessential metal of our modern lives. Find out more about aluminum from Mara Holt Skov, a design professor from California College of the the Arts.

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Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  2016 Sonification (Clip)
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03:00:00
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium was on the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, with multiple telescopes trained on the sun. These telescopes were connected to a laptop holding custom-made software that looks at the movement of the moon and the brightness of the sun. Composer Wayne Grim used this software to create a live composition based on the data. The musical composition uses rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun as formal elements.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 31, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  2016 Sonification Excerpt (Clip)
Running Time:
00:12:06
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium was on the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, with multiple telescopes trained on the sun. These telescopes were connected to a laptop holding custom-made software that looks at the movement of the moon and the brightness of the sun. Composer Wayne Grim used this software to create a live composition based on the data. The musical composition uses rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun as formal elements. Here is an excerpt from the 3 hour piece.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 17, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: sonification


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