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Culture, The Exhibitionist Don't Panic! It's Just a Total Solar Eclipse

Don't Panic! It's Just a Total Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse! The cosmic ballet goes on... This afternoon there will be a total solar eclipse over the western Pacific Ocean — the first that isn't in an extreme latitude since 2009 — and The Exploratorium has dispatched a…
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Dining, SFoodie Friday Six: Sex and Chocolate at the Exploratorium, Another Taco Bell Eats It

Friday Six: Sex and Chocolate at the Exploratorium, Another Taco Bell Eats It

February After Dark at…
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Dining, SFoodie Friday Six: the Orbit Room Returns From Outer Space, Delarosa Soft-Opens Downtown

Friday Six: the Orbit Room Returns From Outer Space, Delarosa Soft-Opens Downtown

Orbit Room Redux After falling out of orbit and disintegrating in the upper…
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Calendar, Night&Day 3.14

3.14

Being an irrational number, pi cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction. And being an inanimate object, The Exploratorium cannot express how effing excited it is for its 25th Annual Pi Day. If you were a fraction as…
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Calendar, Night&Day McGuire's Magic

McGuire's Magic

Anne McGuire became a bit infamous for stalking Joe DiMaggio. It was happenstance; the aging baseball legend wandered into McGuire's frame so she followed him, and began improvising songs about his greatness, and her devotion to his greatness. It…
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Calendar, Night&Day THE SCIENCE OF SEX

THE SCIENCE OF SEX

One thing After Dark: Sexplorations has taught us: No matter what your sexual peccadillo, nature has got you beat. Into water sports? The male porcupine will shoot a voluminous stream of urine at his potential partner from several feet…
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Dining, SFoodie Science of Cocktails 2014: Thinking While You're Drinking

Science of Cocktails 2014: Thinking While You're Drinking

For most people, scientific experiments with cocktails are limited to ongoing research projects such as, "How many beers does it take to me to dance (and not care what other people think)?" or "Will I truly be sicker if I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: L.I.Z. Educates and Entertains Pedestrians

Tourism for Locals: L.I.Z. Educates and Entertains Pedestrians

Market Street has been getting a lot of attention lately, and not necessarily in a bad way. Recent efforts by San Francisco city officials and agencies have focused on beautifying and improving this long stretch -- through real estate development…
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Calendar, Night&Day virtual Intimacy

virtual Intimacy

The Exploratorium is known for cutting edge, hands-on science exhibits. But Play to the Edge of Your Comfort Zone takes its participatory learning concept into new territory. The exhibit uses a mixture of technology and human movement to explore…
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Calendar, Night&Day My, that's some lovely garbage

My, that's some lovely garbage

The Exploratorium's new waterfront home comes complete with fun summer activities for all age groups. One endeavor that should be on your radar right now is the Market Days series, which takes place on the third Saturday of each…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Check Out an Algae Chandelier In a Seismically Retrofit Pier Building

Sure, phytoplankton can be pretty boring, what with being so incredibly small they're invisible to the naked eye. But when millions of them are stuffed together into gorgeous, illuminated overhead tanks, you'll take a bigger interest in the things. The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist National Pi Day Offers Food for Thought, and Vice Versa

National Pi Day Offers Food for Thought, and Vice Versa

Pi is without question the most elegant of irrational numbers; surpassing all known tests for randomness, it is essential for describing general relativity, the DNA double helix, rainbows, and waves. Given humanity's need to find patterns in the world, it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let's Be Frank

Let's Be Frank

For the last 100 days, the Exploratorium has posted pictures and quotes by particle physicist Frank Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer wasn’t routinely pithy, but his curiosity, wonder, and brilliance shine through, as does his compassion for the human experience. In K.C. Cole’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Houston, We Have a Replica: "Return to Mars" Exhibit Is Out of this World

Houston, We Have a Replica: "Return to Mars" Exhibit Is Out of this World

On August 5 the Curiosity rover, NASA's latest science lab on wheels, is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars.Featuring an extendable robotic arm and ChemCam, a laser instrument used to vaporize rock and soil samples, Curiosity is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Planet B

Planet B

On August 5 the Curiosity rover, NASA's latest science lab on wheels, is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars. Featuring an extendable robotic arm and ChemCam, a laser instrument used to vaporize rock and soil samples, it's fair…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photo of the Day: Toilet Drinking at the Time Travel Party

Photo of the Day: Toilet Drinking at the Time Travel Party

This Exploratorium After Dark event was all about time. Exhibits, artwork, and presentations had guests thinking in all different ways about what time is and how it works. Einstein would have been at home here, but since no one's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pi in Your Face

Pi in Your Face

Mathematically speaking, pi is transcendental, irrational, and deliciously random. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It never ends, and it never repeats, but only 39 decimals of pi are needed to calculate a circle the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Top 10 San Francisco Museum Free Days

Top 10 San Francisco Museum Free Days

Bored, broke, and nothing to do? Think again. Most museums in San Francisco offer regular free days. (Some are free all the time.) Here's your official guide to the best and cheapest exhibitions coming up this month and next.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love and Science

Love and Science

We've become a bit leery of the more easy-to-come-by Valentines day gestures: flowers, anatomically incorrect heart-shaped cards, chocolate -- no, scratch that, we like the chocolate. But still, if you're seeking something different, here's the Ultimate Date Tour. It offers…
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Dining, SFoodie Science of Cocktails Night Returns; Chemically Bonds Drinks and Education

Science of Cocktails Night Returns; Chemically Bonds Drinks and Education

Combining science and liquor together into a frothy and delicious drink requires the brainpower of the Exploratorium's scientists, and bartending know-how from the Bay Area's best bars. The resulting concoction is the Science of Cocktails night at the Exploratorium happening…
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