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

Project: Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen | Browse All

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.

Project: Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table | Browse All

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.

Project: Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table | Browse All

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)
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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


Solar Eclipse:  Earth-Sun-Moon Scale Model (Clip)
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00:01:24
In this video, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why you rarely see a true scale model of the Earth, sun, and moon. Understanding the true scale of the solar system helps us appreciate the rarity of total solar eclipses: its unusual when objects at such distances line up perfectly.

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

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

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Solar Eclipse:  Qu es un eclipse solar? (Clip)
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00:03:58
nete a la astrnoma del Exploratorium Isabel Hawkins quien junto a la educadora del Exploratorium Liliana Blanco explican los movimientos de los astros durante un eclipse total de sol. A travs de demostraciones, ellas muestran cmo la luna, el sol y la Tierra se alinean para crear la coincidencia csmica que llamamos un eclipse total de sol.

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

Date: February 25, 2016
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Astronomy/Space Science

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Solar Eclipse:  Why Don't We Have an Eclipse Every Month? (Clip)
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00:01:54
In this video, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why we don't have a total solar eclipse every month. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth and casts its shadow onto our planet. But the orbit of the moon is tilted relative to the orbit of the Earth around the sun, so the moon often passes below or above Earth. At those times, it does not cross the line between the sun and the Earth, and therefore does not create a solar eclipse. There are just two times a year in the Earth's orbit when there is a possibility of a total solar eclipse.

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

Date: February 24, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  What is a Solar Eclipse? (Clip)
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00:03:45
Join Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins, and Exploratorium educator Liliana Blanco as they explain the celestial mechanics of a total solar eclipse. Through demonstrations, they show how the moon, sun, and Earth align to create the cosmic coincidence that we see as a total solar eclipse.

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

Date: February 23, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Astronomy/Space Science

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Solar Eclipse:  Why Woleai? (Clip)
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00:02:25
The Exploratorium is sending a production crew thousands of miles by plane and by boat to Woleai, Micronesia, to broadcast a solar eclipse live to the world. Many factors went into choosing a destination for the broadcast. Executive Producer Robyn Higdon looked along the path of totality for this eclipse, which will start in Indonesia and sweep across the Pacific Ocean, to find a location with good weather predictions and solid land for setting up the telescopes. The Woleai Atoll in Micronesia was the perfect choice. Tune in on March 8th at 5:00 p.m. PST to watch the live broadcast!

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

Date: February 22, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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