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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.
Learn how to make beautiful "paintings" with soap and water.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Learn how to tie the six knots most useful on a voyaging canoe.
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Go inside the Industrial Light & Magic model shop.
Nobel Laureate Symposium
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
The 1906 earthquake jolted geologists into focusing on how and why faults break loose.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
Explore the evolution of music and dance with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
by Eileen Campbell • July 29, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a quarter moon (waxing).
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
The fact and fiction behind some bizarre gardening remedies.
See evidence of invisible cosmic rays with Cloud Chamber.
What can you build with 50 straws and 50 pins?
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
If you want to dig a ditch in the Arctic, you'd better bring more than a shovel.
A model for heart development
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Explore an interactive map.
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Visit the otherworldly wind turbines of the Altamont Pass.
Tour the Breads of the World
Can you reverse ocean acidification in a cup?
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