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Creatures of Light

This companion app for the popular new exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence offers a close look at some of the extraordinary organisms that produce light. Enjoy interactive animations, photo galleries, and videos that reveal the beauty of this amazing natural phenomenon, how it works, and how scientists study it. Each chapter of the app, which is adapted from the iPad content featured throughout the exhibition gallery, is set to a symphonic soundtrack composed exclusively for Creatures of Light.


What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or even 1 billion years ago? What do we know about the climate back when our planet formed?

EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips. Follow a favorite landmark, be it Greenland or New York City, as its position shifts through time, or watch a famous fossil like Tiktaalik make an incredible journey from its origin to its current location. Layer your view of shifting continents with data on atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity, to get a more complete view of our dynamic planet.

EarthViewer features include:

• Continental reconstructions and accompanying data dating back billions of years
• World temperature map for the last 100 years
• Ability to manipulate the globe and zoom to any location
• Locations of modern cities tracked back over 500 million years
• In-depth features on major geological and biological events in Earth history
• Clickable details on geologic eons, eras, and periods
• Automated play modes
• Extensive reference list
• Suggestions for classroom use
• Tutorial videos

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. HHMI’s BioInteractive initiative opens a window on cutting-edge science through interactive web features, short films, virtual labs, and scientific animations. Since teachers play a pivotal role in launching the careers of future scientists and in helping the public understand the beauty and import of science, the BioInteractive team partners with the teaching community to create and distribute media that is engaging and relevant to the science curriculum.

Cool to be Clever: Edson Hendricks

Rated 5 stars out of 5 by Carisa Kluver of "This is truly a must-download title. My highest recommendation! Overall, this is a phenomenal title that presents non-fiction content in a more modern way, letting kids explore and learn at their own pace, with or without narration. This title would be great for lessons on bullying, the Internet, biography and more."

4.5 stars (out of 5) at
"A unique e-book and a great read for older children and adults. There’s inspiration here in Edson’s genius, creativity and his stand against bullying." - Heather Leister,
TOP PICK by "A superb and very inspiring e-book app for your kids to discover a fascinating story... Beautifully designed, well narrated, it will captivate your kids. A must-have book app that will empower your kids to think, build up confidence and show them that even if they feel different, lack confidence or are being bullied, there is always hope!"
"COOL TO BE CLEVER is an inspiring story that no parent or teacher should pass up and is highly recommended for children of all ages." --
"This app combines history, computers, the Internet and some powerful messaging about bullying - all into one big nerd-friendly package. Although targeted at older children, parents and teachers will also find a lot of material to enjoy in this ebook." --

It's Cool to be Clever: the true story of Edson C. Hendricks, the genius who invented the design for the Internet.
Bullied as a child, Edson Hendricks went on to create the forerunner to the Internet. IT'S COOL TO BE CLEVER tells the true story of an inquisitive schoolboy in the 1950s who is bullied because he is so smart. He finds comfort in an imaginary world where he has machine parts, and no biological organs or emotions. Years later, Edson's strange capacity to "think like a machine" helps him create a way for computers to communicate. His "connectionless" network design is used in today's Internet.

Includes intriguing illustrations, story by Leanne Jones with narration by Edson Hendricks, and an original musical score. Read the latest info on preventing bullying at school. Loads of pre-Internet emails, anecdotes and other computer science archival material, 12 video interviews with Edson Hendricks and 3 audio interviews of author/composer Leanne Jones, exploration of the "genius" and "inventive" mind, predicting the future, first email virus, advice to programmers, the origin of tektites, and so much more.

Ideal for all ages, especially clever children 6+ and anyone with an interest in Internet history and inventing. How was the Internet really invented? The inspiring true story is revealed for the first time.

Featured in articles in Quill & Quire, Victoria Times-Colonist, Vancouver Province, Ottawa Citizen and other news outlets.

• a true inspiring story written by a former primary school teacher (now a private investigator), suitable for "chapter-book" reading level
• the latest information about preventing schoolyard bullying from the Red Cross, and The Council for Exceptional Children
• "teaching children of genius" advice from Leanne Jones
• "How my mind works" and "people who are different" interviews with a genius
• Hendricks' unorthodox insights into the origin of Earth's water and tektites
• "Evolution of a Virtual Machine Subsystem", the 1979 IBM Systems Journal article by Hendricks and Hartmann chronicling the technical development of VNET into a world-wide network years before the Internet was launched
• dozens of anecdotes about creating VNET and meetings with Vint Cerf and other scientists
• trip reports, internal memos and documents detailing IBM's bungled opportunity
• 160k log of pre-Internet emails between scientists debating standards.

HudsonAlpha iCell

Updated 3.2
Now with a faster load time and fixes for crashes during startup.

We kept the name and the icon, but have rebuilt almost everything else based on suggestions we received from you, the users. iCell 3.0 includes all new 3D models of cellular organelles that are more accurate and realistic than those previously released on the iPhone/iPad. We have included additional organelles previously not found in the iPhone/iPad app. The iPad version also supports the ability to choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Finally, we have redesigned the user interface with new menus and quicker load times between cell types. As always, iCell allows users a 3D view inside of a typical plant, animal and bacterial cell. Easily navigable and simple to use, iCell gives users an intuitive tool to compare animal, plant and bacterial cell structure.

iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. Learn about the various parts of the cell, which biologists, biochemists, and DNA researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute study and use to advance the limits of biotechnology.

You can use your finger to tap on parts of the cell to select and zoom in on that particular organelle. Each organelle comes with a name and a short description of its function in the cell.

For a better view of each cell, hold down one finger on the screen, and drag to rotate around the cell or selected organelle. You can zoom in and out by pinching or flaring with two fingers at once.

We hope you enjoy!


Wonderopolis offers multidisciplinary daily content through a Wonder of the Day®, containing a curious question, written text, vocabulary words, graphic images and video to fuel learning, and inspire curiosity and exploration in and out of the classroom. Wonderopolis also offers learners of all ages the opportunity to publish content and participate in ongoing conversation around wonder. Now you can explore Wonderopolis on the go, at home, or in the classroom from your mobile device.

· Stay up to date with the fresh Wonder of the Day
· Browse recent past Wonders of the Day

Sound Uncovered

Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an interactive book featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

From the makers of Color Uncovered—the Exploratorium—this app puts you at the center of the experiment: Hear with your eyes, see with your ears, make and modify recordings, test your hearing, and more.

How do you make a saxophone growl? Are there secret messages in music played backward? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears.

Find more to explore from the Exploratorium online at Better yet, visit us in person at our new home at Pier 15 in San Francisco, California.

***Tip for users with sound playback issues: make sure the side switch on your iPad is not set to mute. (This is separate from the volume control.)


••• Over 60,000 Downloads •••

Learn all about how cells gather fuel, create energy, grow, and reproduce, with interactive cross-sections of a cell, animations of mitosis and meiosis, and a spinning double helix.

In this app you’ll learn about:
• Cells as Building Blocks
• What's in a Cell?
• What Cells Do
• The Discovery and Study of Cells
• Heredity
• Genetic Engineering

Features include:
• Interactive 3-D models
• High-definition video and audio
• Hi-res photographs, cartoons, and animations
• Easy-to-read, accessible writing
• Quizzes, puzzles, and other fun games
• Plus…optimized for the iPad Retina display

KIDS DISCOVER has been creating award-winning content for kids for over 20 years. KIDS DISCOVER apps are always AD-FREE.

Other great apps from KIDS DISCOVER include:
• American Revolution
• Antarctica
• Ancient Egypt
• Ancient Greece
• Civil War
• Constitution
• Ecology
• Electricity
• Energy
• Extreme Weather
• Galaxies (FREE)
• Geography
• Geology
• Plants
• Roman Empire
• Matter
• Simple Machines
• Space
• Sun
• Washington, D.C.
• And More!

To learn more about us and our mission to inspire kids, feed their natural curiosity, and instill a love of reading and learning, please visit us at

Color Uncovered

Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.

How is Monet like a honeybee? What color is a whisper? Why is it so hard to find your car in a lamp-lit parking lot?

Color Uncovered features a wide spectrum of cool color-related topics to explore. Learn why friends shouldn’t let men buy bananas. Try your own color experiments on the iPad using simple items you have at home: a CD case, a drop of water, and a piece of paper. Discover how the iPad and other devices create color. Find out what causes afterimages—and more.

Color Uncovered was created at the Exploratorium, the mothership for people with major cases of curiosity. Visit us online at or in person in San Francisco, California.


••• Over 75,000 Downloads •••
••• Selected New & Noteworthy by Apple in 2013 •••

"The writing is clear and engaging and the app does an excellent job of presenting information via text and interactive features." - School Library Journal

Tour the Milky Way, travel through galaxy clusters, and engage in hands-on activities, such as making your own constellation and working a high-tech telescope.

In this app you’ll learn about:
• An Introduction to Galaxies
• How Galaxies Are Born
• Clusters of Galaxies
• Telescopes and Discovery
• Kinds of Galaxies
• Galactic Myths and Legends

Features include:
• Interactive 3-D models
• High-definition video and audio
• Hi-res photographs, cartoons, and animations
• Easy-to-read, accessible writing
• Quizzes, puzzles, and other fun games
• Plus…optimized for the iPad Retina display

KIDS DISCOVER has been creating award-winning content for kids for over 20 years. KIDS DISCOVER apps are always AD-FREE.

Other great apps from KIDS DISCOVER include:

• Antarctica
• Cells
• Extreme Weather
• Space
• Washington, D.C.
• Simple Machines
• And More!

To learn more about us and our mission to inspire kids, feed their natural curiosity, and instill a love of reading and learning, please visit us at

A Solar System Journey

A Journey through our Solar System. This includes all of the planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

A few comments and facts about each planet and close up image of the planet is also included. There is also an animated orbit for the planets.

Shout Science!

Shout Science! is a comic storybook app for young readers (ages 7-11) about scientists & scientific discovery by Scott Dubois. It consists of three narrative biographies that take place during the Scientific Revolution in Europe. The stories both entertain and educate on relevant science and history concepts. Shout Science was designed exclusively for the iPad and combines vertical scrolling panels with ambient animation, interaction, and sound to enhance reading comprehension. Each story also includes a supplemental page of reference images and timelines.

Optimized for both retina & standard resolution iPads : Requires iOS 6 or later

Science360 for iPad

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.

If you have questions or comments, or if you are an NSF-funded researcher and would like to have your images or video included in the app, contact


  • Spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions available in high resolution for download to your iPad
  • Fun and engaging streaming video (WiFi or 3G connection required) on a wide range of topics
  • Hundreds of images and videos to experience, with new content added weekly
  • Share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email
  • Keep abreast of breaking stories in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed
  • Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch
  • With a single touch, save favorite images and video within the app so that they can easily be found again
GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - the astronomy star guide

***** As seen in Apple's iPad 2 event ***** Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.

***** Featured on ABC's "The View" show
***** Featured in "Wired" magazine

--- What People Are Saying

"Powerful and easy to use, with excellent animation and the widest zoom range." — D.Schroeder, University professor

"GoSkyWatch Planetarium should not be missed regardless of whether you are a casual or hard-core fan of astronomy." — AppAdvice

"I have more than 10 astronomy apps on my iPhone and this is by far the best. Everything I need and easy to use." — Pat, iTunes reviewer

--- What makes GoSkyWatch different to other astronomy apps?

• Easy to use — No buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring.

• Designed specifically for efficient outdoor use.

• Touch free identification — No need to keep touching the screen to identify what you see in the sky. Great for those cold nights with gloves on!

• Don't need to hold level — Displays the sky view and information at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait.

• Gyroscope compass auto calibration — No need to calibrate the gyroscope. Advanced adaptive algorithms for smooth and accurate positioning.

• Unique target identification — Touch drag scheme for greatest accuracy and speed since your finger doesn't actually cover what you are trying to identify.

• Planets shown with relative brightness to stars — No oversized graphics that prevent you from distingishing a planet from surrounding stars.

• Full 180 degree display — See at a glance what is in the sky and where without having to pan around.

• Minimal on screen text — Stars and planets easier to identify since they are not covered by text.

• Popup images — No need to keep zooming in and out just to see what is out there.


• Heads up object name, brightness and distance
• Contains all stars visible to the naked eye
• Magnitude adjustment for viewing conditions
• Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.

• Looking for a planet, star, constellation or galaxy? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way
• Search stars and DSOs sorted by name, distance or magnitude.
• Moon phase calendar
• Sun rise/set times

• Day, sidereal and time lapse animation
• Over 200 images of planets and deep sky objects
• Messier and Caldwell catalogs with images
• Actual image taken of the Milky Way
• Below horizon display
• Look back in time with the birthday star search. Find out how old you were for the star light seen.

• Constellation images, boundaries and patterns
• Solar system, star, DSO, constellation Wikipedia
• Ian Ridpath's constellation StarTales
• Interactive graphical ephemeris
• Planet, star, constellation and DSO ephemeris data

• High performance graphics
• Easy setup using auto location or built in city list
• Location favorites

  • No internet connection required. Internet optionally used for auto location, viewing Wikipedia information and StarTales.

Many more enhancements to come as free updates.

  • See web site for video demo