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Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
Touch, dance, or walk on the ooze known as ooblek.
Use this desktop widget to view current science news feeds on your computer.
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
I movimenti dei tuoi occhi faranno brillare questo disegno.
A model for heart development
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
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.
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.
By passing the winter frozen as solid as a holiday fruit cake, the wood frog breaks all rules. Scientists hoping to preserve human organs are paying close attention.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Join us for an interview with UK-based artist Jem Finer.
Get to know the tiny "astronauts" known as tardigrades.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Our collaboration with Public Radio International's The World. With Public Radio International, we're taking technology news beyond the headlines.
Enjoy Reggie Watt's take on exploration of Mars.
Enjoy this time-compressed journey along China's Silk Road.
Learn about ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
Explore the limits of vision—get to know your rods and cones.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
Find out what it's REALLY like on Mars.
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Explore systems over extremes of time and space with Jem Finer.
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
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