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The Exploratorium’s new home has an ace up its sleeve for the next big earthquake—a single seismic joint, 300 feet long and two feet wide, will isolate the entire pier structure from the rest of San Francisco. Watch here as the bulkhead at Pier 15 is readied for the installation of the seismic joint.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:04:05
On the cliffs above San Francisco's Ocean Beach perches a landmark observatory—a giant camera obscura. Step inside with Robert Tacchetto and see how this centuries-old technology creates enchanting images of the outside world.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: July 11, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:05:14
As part of the weekend of celebrations in honor of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary, Mickey Hart and the Mickey Hart Band closed the festivities with a free concert. The show opened with Mickey playing a dynamic model of the Golden Gate Bridge created by the Exploratorium and sonified by Exploratorium exhibit developers in collaboration with Mickey Hart.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: June 28, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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00:06:27
Admit it: Hasn't the Godzilla inside you always wanted to grab the Golden Gate Bridge and shake it silly? Finally, you can. In honor of the iconic span's 75th birthday, Exploratorium exhibit developer Dave Fleming presents a dynamic model of the Golden Gate Bridge. What happens to the bridge during an earthquake? How about strong winds and heavy traffic? The model dances and wiggles realistically, displaying the same vibrational modes and motions that occur in the actual bridge.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
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00:06:39
Beneath the 100-year-old piers that will soon house the new Exploratorium, highly specialized divers are working around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: February 13, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:01:53
The waters of San Francisco Bay are making a dramatic comeback as workers slowly remove a 1950s-era paved deck from between Piers 15 and 17 on the historic Embarcadero, at the site of the Exploratorium’s new home. In early November 2011, the east bridge, dedicated to the Fries family by San Francisco philanthropist Bill Fries, was put in place, connecting the terrace of the new Pier 15 Bay Observatory building to the adjacent side of Pier 17. When the museum opens in the spring of 2013, this bridge will offer prime views of the City and the Bay.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: January 5, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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There are green sea turtles in San Diego Bay? Where did they come from? Do they really live over 100 years? Why is it important for scientists to keep track of these giant creatures, and how on earth do they do it? In this interview with ecologist Tomoharu Eguchi (NOAA Marine Fisheries Service) and ecology graduate student Sheila Madrak, we meet the sea turtles and explore these 'big' questions.

Project: Exploratorium Science at America's Cup | Browse All

Date: November 25, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
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00:01:51
Pouring concrete is an ongoing feature of construction at the Piers. This footage, captured in July 2011, shows the well-choreographed process involved, from pumping the concrete into rebar-latticed slabs via remote-controlled overhead boom, to vibrating the concrete to get rid of air pockets, to flattening the surface using 2x4s (“screed”) and rakes (“come-along tools”), to tamping in (“jitterbugging”) bits of sand and gravel, to the final smoothing and leveling of the finished surface. This pour created an extension to the southeast apron of Pier 15, adjacent to what will become the East Gallery.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: November 23, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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00:01:44
Take a look at the construction at Piers 15 and 17 from a different vantage point. This past August we recorded video of the Exploratorium's new home from a boat about 100 yards off the back of the piers.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: October 17, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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00:04:58
Obsidian points, Spanish terra-cotta tiles, Prohibition-era liquor bottles—history lies buried underfoot in the Presidio, one of the earliest settlements in San Francisco, occupied in turn by the Ohlone Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, and the U.S. Army. Archaeologist Kari Jones shares tales of recent digs and discoveries in this national park, and explains why most artifacts are dug up only to be reburied.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: July 28, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): archeology, history, general science