Catch one of the After Dark: Sexplorations highlights from February 6, 2014! Watch as Exploratorium Biologists, Karli Woodward and Caitlin Johnson demonstrate a live sea urchin fertilization. Learn why scientists have long used these spiny marine organisms as a model for studying fertilization and development across species.
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The periodic table outlines the fundamental building blocks of all known matter in the universe. Composed of irreducible atoms, these elements arrived from the earliest reports of the Big Bang, the fusion wombs of stars and supernova, and collisions between interstellar matter and cosmic rays—as well as through artificial production in the lab. A scant 4.9% of the universe (the rest being dark matter and energy), the 118 elements currently arrayed on the periodic table display unique and yet beautifully related properties and behaviors. To us, they mean everything: from iron to uranium, their discovery and use have shaped the course of human history.
In this new Thursday night series, we invite you to come be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective experience.
The Exploratorium has a long history of exploring topics in Astronomy and Space- through live webcasts, produced videos, films, lectures, and other programs. Please enjoy a few of our favorites from the collection.
Hear a musical instrument made from penguin bones. Learn how remixed sound samples can form the backdrop for a lounge act. Discover songs composed from the frequencies of starlight.
Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, a new evening series at the Exploratorium. Contemporary musicians and sound artists will perform new works and discuss their ideas, techniques, and inspirations with radio host and pianist Sarah Cahill.
Resonance performances will be held in the Exploratorium’s new Kanbar Forum, and enlivened by its state-of-the-art, 72-channel Meyer Sound Constellation sound system, providing the audience with an intimate experience of each event’s sonic details.
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slide show series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively, and presents the human stories behind creative accomplishments.
Explainers are students from the Bay Area and from around the world who come together to participate in a teaching and learning experience at the Exploratorium— a museum of science, art, and human perception. Explainers learn exhibits, facilitate visitor-exhibit interaction and support general museum operations.