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In a historic maintenance video for the exhibit Black Sand, exhibit developer Richard Gagnon explains how it came to be and how it's taken care of.
Tilt a spinning bicycle wheel while you’re sitting in a swivel chair and—surprise—you’ll start spinning in circles, too. You can also witness the same phenomenon here by hanging a spinning wheel from its axle.
Where: Gallery 4: Living Systems
At this simple but ever-popular exhibit, black sand from nearby beaches make spiky patterns that reveal the invisible magnetic field between the poles of two giant magnets.
Where: Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon
Build an arch that supports itself.
Where: This exhibit is not currently on view.
All these organisms are adapted to life in California's rocky tidal zone.
See the chemical reactions taking place in an electrolytic cell, as electricity flowing through a tank of salt water and pH-indicating dye creates zones of acidic (yellow) and basic (blue) solutions.
Where: Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6, Mezzanine
Sand traces a pendulum‘s motion.
A square wheel can roll smoothly—if the "road" is the right shape.
Spinning water makes a mathematical curve.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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