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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.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
How has imagery changed the way we look at our bodies—over time and in different cultures?
An additive mixture of light makes for some colorful fun.
An evening of wine, food, and talk.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Learn about the furiously reactive element fluorine.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Illuminate your understanding of how batteries work.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Launch a rocket with a plastic pop bottle and use Height Site to figure out how high it flies.
Did you know the Maya used two calendars? How did they know when to plan their big New Year's parties?
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
Explore the surprising side of color.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
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.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Find out why balls bounce--or fail to bounce.
Get an overview of NASA's rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity.
Behold beryllium, and find out why it's both prized and poisonous.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
by Paul Dancstep • August 25, 2015
Do prime numbers "feel" different than the other numbers?
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Download desktop wallpaper for your computer.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Are you quick enough to hit a 90 mph fastball?
One man's journey into blindness
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
In this memory game, a mental journey through your own house helps you remember items on a list.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Get to know magnesium and its reactive, life-giving properties.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Make yourself giant or tiny with a snip of the scissors.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
What do you really know about what you see?
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
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