Science at Burning Man: Micro Zoo

This is a fantastic idea. I love the idea of my Exploratorium friends running around Black Rock talking to people about the science that is all around them. Everything from the chemistry of glow-stics to the physics of a white out. Check out their youtube channel for more.

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Dog Park Science Part 2: The Neurobiology of Dog Training

Last week I delivered the second of two talks on “Dog Park Science,” at the Exploratorium. You can find the audio of the first talk here. The two talks are on very different topics. The first is on the evolution of the dog, while this second one is about some of the core animal psychology [...]

Video of experiments with conductive glass

Experiments with conductive glass from Almost Scientific on Vimeo.

Here we’ve created a dielectric barrier discharge with transparent, conductive glass.

Thank you!

Thank you all for coming to the show last night at The Exploratorium. I had a great and exhausting time. It was fantastic to see so many friends out in the crowd, and I’m sorry I did not get to talk to any of you for as long as I would have liked.

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Experiments with Vacuum and Plasma — Advancing The Uira Engine

On Friday the Almost Scientific team documented a series of experiments conducted on the Plasma Tubes of the Uira Engine.

These experiments were largely in preparation for November 5th, 2009, when we will be doing a controlled testing firing of The Uira Engine at The Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The goal of these experiments was [...]

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Meet Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty is one of the worlds best science teacher and communicator I know, and as one of the senior scientists here he is also my adviser at the Exploratorium. Here is Paul in his element, showing off one of his fun, cool physics toys and teaching about Newtons laws on public television:

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Teaching Tibetan monkes science with tinkering

I just got back from a very interesting talk by the PIE group at the Exploratorium. They spent ten days in India teaching Tibetan monks simple scientific concepts with cardboard automata.

They first had them study some pre-made automata and then had them make their own.

In true Exploratorium sprint they emphasized the playful and [...]