Join the expedition of an Exploratorium crew as they investigate
biology, astronomy, and geology at the bottom of the world.
Find out how cells specialize and communicate with each other, and
how microscopes provide a view into a cell's world. Includes a beautiful
poster that shows how muscle cells work.
& Tea Learn how coffee is grown, traded, and roasted, and
follow tea through Chinese history.
Cats & Dogs Trace the 4,000-year relationship between humans
and felines, and find out what researchers have discovered about
behavior in canine social circles.
Cities Learn why rats and pigeons thrive in the city, and
examine the technological innovations that made skyscrapers possible.
Cycles Find out what oysters, pre-Columbian Mayans, and
modern times have in common. Includes a beautiful fold-out poster,
Cycles Are Everywhere.
Energy Consider the hidden consequences of our appetite
for energy, and find out how you can avoid that mid-afternoon slump.
Fire Discover the surprising benefits of forest fires,
and find out the effects of the Great Fire of London on urban life
Food Unearth the peculiar history of the potato, and serve
up science experiments that you can eat.
Gardening Follow the evolution of the American front yard,
and learn how to enrich your garden by composting, double digging,
and attracting birds and butterflies.
Hands Consider the sinister side of life with a look at
left-handedness, and master some simple tricks of prestidigitation.
Find out about insect-based medicine, how flies assist crime solvers,
and how honey bees locate chemical spills.
Islands Visit the world's newest island, find out why atolls
may be endangered, and encounter an island of American culture abroad.
In the Dark Find out how your eyes adapt to the dark and
take a hike to watch the dark rise. A special pull-out poster highlights
the strange world of nocturnal animals.
Money Learn how to tell a counterfeit bill from the real
thing, and how to fold a dollar bill into a pinkie ring.
Photography Discover how a photo can make time stand still,
and build your own camera obscura.
Rhythm Discover the regular rhythms in the stars—and
in the human body.
Size Read about the complications that ensue when you try
to double the size of something, and learn why giants don't stand
the facts behind folk remedies for insomnia, the history of beds,
and how animals sleep. Plus, visit a mattress factory.
Spinning Things Find out how dancers and skaters twirl,
and look inside the human body with spinning subatomic particles.
Transformations Delve into the secrets of modern alchemy,
and consider the concept of aging.
Underground Discover what's beneath your feet in a city,
and learn about the life of the naked mole rat.
Visual Illusions Discover what visual illusions teach us
about our processes of perception, and learn how to see weird 3-D
images. Plus, create your own illusions.
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