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00:19:33
What makes one individual "fitter" than another? Staff scientist Karen Kalumuck introduces natural selection, then four teams of "predators" compete with each other for prey.Who will thrive and who will face extinction?

Project: Darwin | Browse All

Date: February 11, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science
Running Time:
00:16:25
Filmmaker Douglas Gayeton talks about the making of his film, "Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey" following a "mixed-reality" screening at the Exploratorium and on Exploratorium Island in the virtual world, Second Life, part of Cinema Arts event Fabricated Realities.

Project: Fabricated Realities: Virtual Worlds, Mixed and Augmented Reality | Browse All

Date: February 7, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:22:00
Walter Kitundu, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and longtime Exploratorium friend, is an accomplished instrument builder, musician and artist. He is also a dedicated bird watcher and photographer. In this program we accompany Walter on a birdwalk, then have a chat about birds, art, and the perils and rewards of being an urban naturalist.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: February 6, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:15:41
Dr. Christine Carter is a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness. She is the executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of happiness, compassion, and altruism. In this program, Dr. Carter speaks about happiness, altruism, and the inspiring intersection of her personal and professional worlds.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: January 28, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:00:45
View a selection of video clips from three exhibits that are part of the new Outdoor Exploratorium collection at Fort Mason.

Project: Outdoor Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2009
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:06:40
You might be surprised to know that water is one of the most scarce resources in Antarctica.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 12, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:00:55
Why do the hands on clocks go "clockwise?" Seems like a circular definition, but if you looked closely at sundials in the northern hemisphere, you'd notice that the shadow of the sun moves around the sundial in a "clockwise" direction. This was adopted by clock-makers and became the standard we know today. In the southern hemisphere, the sun's shadow moves around the dial in the opposite direction, so if clocks had been invented there, our watches would move the other way.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 12, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science
Running Time:
00:46:44
We speak with biologist David Ainley, who has been studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica for more than 25 years

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 4, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Sciences/Biology
Running Time:
00:02:58
A Kenn Borek Basler (Turbo DC-3) taxis, takes-off, and flies low back over the field at Williams Airfield outside McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 3, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science,
Running Time:
00:07:06
Our Exploratorium team talks to scientists from POLENET (Polar Earth Observing Network).

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 2, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology