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Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
Browse our growing online collection of hands-on 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.
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
Celebrate musical experimentation with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Get an overview of NASA's rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Get caught up on the rover Curiosity's exciting exploration of Mars.
by • June 19, 2015
Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
This ancient temple holds a secret...can you reveal the mystery?
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Explore our 2000 guide to the solar max, the period in the solar cycle during which the number of sunspots is greatest.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
How does ocean acidification affect humans and sea life?
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Build a scale model of waves of red and blue light.
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
Get in the loop with Greg Brown's improvisational piece Dynamic Feedback Loops.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Find links relevant to research at the poles.
Get a lesson in listening from Doniga Markegard, an expert wildlife tracker.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
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.
In Silhouette invites you to experience remarkably complex and inventive works of shadow play.
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
See what's on the Curiosity rover's tool belt.
Fall into a trance with multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Make a photographic image without a camera!
Richter and beyond
by Exploratorium Staff • June 4, 2015
MIT cognitive scientist and Exploratorium Osher Fellow Aude Oliva researches what makes a photo memorable.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Learn how grafting, hybridizing, and transgenics have transformed cultivation.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
A rock-climbing physicist explores the mechanics of his hands.
Are you quick enough to hit a 90 mph fastball?
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Take a look at Mars rocks with the Curiosity rover.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Explore cantilevers and other structures by building with skewers.
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