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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.
Our bodies contain 30 trillion microbes, a microbiome that seems essential for our well-being.
The three most densely populated cities on the planet where seismologists expect major earthquakes are San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Find out why the effects in each city will be very different.
What do you really know about what you see?
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Do the Bird in a Cage experiment with some basic materials.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Our collaboration with Public Radio International's The World. With Public Radio International, we're taking technology news beyond the headlines.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Our new Shadow Box is made of large phosphor screens which store light from a strobe flash, temporarily freezing the visitor's shadow.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Find the answers to common Sport! Science questions.
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Could your own brain betray you?
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate the light around you.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Pick one and guess the source
Use wind to power a motor and light an LED.
Experience the delicately crafted, otherworldly pop songs of French musician Colleen.
How can forensic science become more scientific?
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Immerse yourself in music and visual motion by Marielle Jakobsons.
Meet Paul Spooner, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
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Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Hike with artist Harrell Fletcher from the Exploratorium to Mount Diablo.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
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