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Take a closer look at human cells, how they work, and the ways genetics and environment work through cells to make us who we are.
Open your eyes to the amazing world of the ultra-tiny when you convert your cell phone into a portable, picture-taking Miniscope using a simple plastic lens from a laser pointer.
Use cubes of agar to model how diffusion occurs in cells. By observing cubes of different sizes, you can discover why larger cells might need extra help to transport materials.
Skin—we’ve all got it, and it comes in a range of colors and shades. Find a few partners and explore the question of nature vs. nurture by comparing the skin on different parts of your body.
Survey a wide variety of earlobes and decide for yourself if sorting their shapes into two groups—“free” or “attached”— is as simple as it sounds.
Dividing cells expand exponentially.
Explore how different deodorants work and what that means for the bacteria in your armpit.
Write a message in DNA.
Model the central dogma of molecular biology by constructing a colorful chain using a simple code (and some delicious cereal).
Use soap film to model a cell membrane.
Your nervous system transmits information as electrical impulses that move through the long bodies of nerve cells. In this Snack, falling dominoes simulate many aspects of the process.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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