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Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
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Global Climate Change Explorer • Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
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Wired Pier Environmental Field Station • Explore weather, air quality, and water conditions from San Francisco Bay
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Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Is it just a glorified plank with roller skate wheels on it? Or is it a highly engineered device through which kids have reclaimed the urban landscape, bringing creativity and style back to the sterile asphalt spaces of sprawl?
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
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A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
A model for heart development
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
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.
Watch a magnet repel a grape and consider different types of magnetism.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Follow the process of designing and casting our new bell.
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
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.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
From May 20 to June 5 1997, we presented a webcast series exploring the art and science of severe storm visualization.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Play with the stuff that makes dough stretchy.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
"Mac Town," the first stop for many scientists in Antarctica, is the same as any town–only different.
Experiment with rhythm through stepping, a musical dance form that uses the body as a percussion instrument.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
Make yourself giant or tiny with a snip of the scissors.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Zoom into a fossil chimp tooth.
Explore the surprising side of sound
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Make an observatory to see the amazing colors in bubbles!
These tricky pictures shift and change as you look at them.
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
See the tiny disk of Mercury slowly travel across the face of the sun in this rare event.
Add and subtract colors to learn about human perception.
Explore the mysteries of Ocean Beach's black sand (a.k.a. magnetite).
White-coated Arctic icons, these supreme hunters are under threat
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