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Exploratorium Picks:2013 Year in Science Stories From the “shmeaty” goodness of a test-tube hamburger to the glimmer of water on Mars, it’s been a year in science to remember—and in some cases (yep, we’re talking to you, comet ISON) to forget. Here are some of our picks for the year in science. We’ll share one of our top science stories each day of the first week of 2014. See them all at #2013SciencePicks.5. Water on MarsAfter celebrating its first anniversary on Mars, NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover sent a gift back to Earth, discovering water in the Martian soil—along with other evidence that the Martian environment was once habitable.http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/main/

Exploratorium Picks:

2013 Year in Science Stories


From the “shmeaty” goodness of a test-tube hamburger to the glimmer of water on Mars, it’s been a year in science to remember—and in some cases (yep, we’re talking to you, comet ISON) to forget. Here are some of our picks for the year in science. We’ll share one of our top science stories each day of the first week of 2014. See them all at #2013SciencePicks.

5. Water on Mars

After celebrating its first anniversary on Mars, NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover sent a gift back to Earth, discovering water in the Martian soil—along with other evidence that the Martian environment was once habitable.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/main/

While water in small amounts appears colorless, most large bodies of water appear blue due to the selective absorption and scattering of white light as well as the blue sky’s reflection. Lakes and oceans get their many hues—ranging from clear blue to muddy brown—in part from suspended sediment and microscopic living matter such as plankton. The 32 swatches in the Color of Water exhibit offer a clue to what elements might affect the color of the San Francisco Bay as it changes day to day or even moment to moment. What color is the bay today? Photo by Amy Snyder © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

While water in small amounts appears colorless, most large bodies of water appear blue due to the selective absorption and scattering of white light as well as the blue sky’s reflection. Lakes and oceans get their many hues—ranging from clear blue to muddy brown—in part from suspended sediment and microscopic living matter such as plankton. The 32 swatches in the Color of Water exhibit offer a clue to what elements might affect the color of the San Francisco Bay as it changes day to day or even moment to moment. What color is the bay today?

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Confused Sea exhibitPhoto by Amy Snyder© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Confused Sea exhibit

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

New exhibit Sun Swarm, located outside Pier 15, helps show how light reflects off the Bay. #10daystilopeningPhoto by Amy Snyder© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

New exhibit Sun Swarm, located outside Pier 15, helps show how light reflects off the Bay. #10daystilopening

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

explodingtorium:

Waterworks preview party postcard shoot, 1979, photo by Susan Schwartzenberg

explodingtorium:

Waterworks preview party postcard shoot, 1979, photo by Susan Schwartzenberg

chicagohistorymuseum:

Men fishing from North Pier, sitting along a breakwater at the mouth of the Chicago River, 1915. Photograph by Chicago Daily News.
Want a copy of this photo?  > Visit our Rights and Reproductions Department and give them this number: DN-0061669


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chicagohistorymuseum:

Men fishing from North Pier, sitting along a breakwater at the mouth of the Chicago River, 1915. Photograph by Chicago Daily News.

Want a copy of this photo?  
> Visit our Rights and Reproductions Department and give them this number: DN-0061669

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Snowy Bits

Melting snow and ice on a car windshield at Lake Tahoe. #noticing
Photo by Amy Snyder © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Snowy Bits

Melting snow and ice on a car windshield at Lake Tahoe. #noticing

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

nprfreshair:

ryandonato:



Kanoa Zimmerman




So beautiful.
And a good excuse to listen to Grizzly Bear perform “Deep Blue Sea.”
nprfreshair:

ryandonato:



Kanoa Zimmerman




So beautiful.
And a good excuse to listen to Grizzly Bear perform “Deep Blue Sea.”
nprfreshair:

ryandonato:



Kanoa Zimmerman




So beautiful.
And a good excuse to listen to Grizzly Bear perform “Deep Blue Sea.”
nprfreshair:

ryandonato:



Kanoa Zimmerman




So beautiful.
And a good excuse to listen to Grizzly Bear perform “Deep Blue Sea.”
explodingtorium:

Watch Water Freeze, An Exhibit by Charles Sowers
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explodingtorium:

Watch Water Freeze, An Exhibit by Charles Sowers

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Cool thing #38 that we won’t be taking with us to Pier 15: The Wave Organ. (It’ll be staying right where it has lived for the last 26 years!)
Photo by Amy Snyder© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Cool thing #38 that we won’t be taking with us to Pier 15: The Wave Organ. (It’ll be staying right where it has lived for the last 26 years!)

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu

Ice Balloon
Salt sprinkled on a ball of ice etches intricate channels in the frozen sphere.
Photo by Lily Rodriguez© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Ice Balloon

Salt sprinkled on a ball of ice etches intricate channels in the frozen sphere.

Photo by Lily Rodriguez
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Watch Water Freeze
Spiky ice crystals seen through polarized light shine with rainbow colors at the Exploratorium exhibit Watch Water Freeze.
Photo by Amy Snyder © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Watch Water Freeze

Spiky ice crystals seen through polarized light shine with rainbow colors at the Exploratorium exhibit Watch Water Freeze.

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Icy Bodies
At the Exploratorium exhibit Icy Bodies, thin shavings of dry ice, warmed by the water they are floating in, emit cold jets of carbon dioxide gas. As the jets of gas shoot out, they spin the dry ice in a spiral pattern. As water vapor in the nearby air condenses into clouds, the pattern is revealed.
Photo by Amy Snyder © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Icy Bodies

At the Exploratorium exhibit Icy Bodies, thin shavings of dry ice, warmed by the water they are floating in, emit cold jets of carbon dioxide gas. As the jets of gas shoot out, they spin the dry ice in a spiral pattern. As water vapor in the nearby air condenses into clouds, the pattern is revealed.

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

explodingtorium:

Making Waves, photo by Susan Schwartzenberg, 1980’s

explodingtorium:

Making Waves, photo by Susan Schwartzenberg, 1980’s

Ice Balloons
Ice balloons tinted with food coloring create a lesson in water phenomena for teachers at the Exploratorium. To see Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty discuss ice balloons and other chilly phenomena, check out Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists.
Photo by Amy Snyder© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper

Ice Balloons

Ice balloons tinted with food coloring create a lesson in water phenomena for teachers at the Exploratorium. To see Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty discuss ice balloons and other chilly phenomena, check out Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists.

Photo by Amy Snyder
© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu/downloads/wallpaper