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Learning Toolbox: Engage in activities about the science of coronavirus and explore our online resources for learning at home.
Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
Browse our growing online collection of interactive exhibits.
Global Climate Change Explorer • Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Wired Pier Environmental Field Station • Explore weather, air quality, and water conditions from San Francisco Bay
Dive into websites, activities, apps, and more.
Just how do we remember a face?
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Want to see where the biggest quakes have been this week? Follow a few of the links below to see what's shaking in your neighborhood and around the world.
Enjoy Reggie Watt's take on exploration of Mars.
Check out an interview with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Visit the otherworldly wind turbines of the Altamont Pass.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Take to the skies with Virgin America's flight simulator.
Touch, dance, or walk on the ooze known as ooblek.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Using a spectroscope, you may see that what appears to be a single color of light is really a combination of colors called a spectrum.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
Test your memory–and learn how to improve it!
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
by Josh Bacigalupi • September 26, 2016
Complexity: what is it and why it matters
Can you reverse ocean acidification in a cup?
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
by • June 19, 2015
Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
What's at fault?
What do stem cells, fruit flies, and zebrafish look like under a microscope?
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Zoom into a fossil chimp tooth.
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
In September 2004, the Exploratorium covered a conference in the Galapagos Islands, organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, that considered the implications of El Niño forecasting.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Time is time wherever you are...right?
Play with the stuff that makes dough stretchy.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Rock out to Mickey Hart celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Hear audio clips of the ambient sounds of the rain forest at night near Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
What happens when two hockey players collide? Try our hockey collision calculator!
Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
In celebration of Albert Einstein's work in 1905, science laboratories and museum around the world (including the Exploratorium) participated in a twelve-hour webcast that explored Einstein's influence on current physics research.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
Measure your reaction time with just a meter stick and some help from a friend.
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