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00:04:12
Red means stop, green means go—simple enough, right? But traffic lights are just a small part of the sophisticated science of traffic engineering. San Francisco Traffic Engineer Eddie Tsui takes us on a wild ride through his world, from computer simulations to ever-evolving detection technologies.

This magical piece integrates live performance and projected animation. As artist Miwa Matreyek moves behind the screen, her shadow becomes the protagonist in a fantastical world of her own creation.

00:03:50
You've probably heard about the Texas-sized island of plastic trash swirling in the center of the Pacific Ocean. But did you know we have our own pockets of floating trash right here in San Francisco Bay? Join us on a trash safari with Sealife Convervation—a research and education group studying the volume, distribution, and sources of trash in the San Francisco and Monterey Bays.

02:50
Josh Short from the Cardboard Institute of Technology walks us through their latest installation, Subterrain, on the Exploratorium floor!

00:05:00
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. We take a trip around San Francisco and examine what treasures are hidden in plain sight and talk to a few geocachers to find out what all this means.

00:04:07
Twenty-seven miles beyond the Golden Gate, the craggy Farallon Islands have been home to fur-seal hunters from Russia, a gold-rush-era egg business, and even a nuclear waste dump. Today they’re home to 250,000 sea birds, not to mention seals, sea lions, whales, and sharks. What makes these stark-looking islands so attractive to wildlife?

04:00
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California, is an encyclopedic museum holding many splendid, unique, and puzzling treasures. It's a carnival of delights and ideas, many of them outside of the commonly held canons of fact and accomplishment. It slips around the question, 'is it real?', refusing to pit fact against fiction or art against data, instead weaving it all together into something more mysterious and joyful. In this second of two segments on the museum, curator David Wilson welcomes us into his worlds of inspiration, and parts the curtain to reveal how this impossible place indeed exists.

00:06:18
If you sink it, they will come. That’s what Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck learned when she decided to experiment by submerging PVC plates under the piers at Marina Harbor. In this program, you'll meet the bizarre aquatic life forms that inhabit our Bay.

San Francisco's meteorological landscape is as unique as its social landscape. Tune in as we investigate why our city has many microclimates.

00:01:04
See how patterns of light change throughout the day at Chaco, and hear G.B. Cornucopia and Shelly Valdez share their impressions of the phenomena of light cycles in Chaco Canyon.