More about the Exploratorium website: Science in the City
Urban environments like San Francisco are full of mysterious natural and human-made phenomena. Why are there so many one-footed pigeons? Where does the sewage go? Why is our “summer” in May and September? The Exploratorium is “taking it outside" to explore these and other questions in engineering, ecology, optics, waves, geology, architecture, weather, and more. Look for new episodes once a month.**We are on a winter hiatus, come back for more new episodes in February, 2014!


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Science in the City:  Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Clip)
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00:05:26
Join Exploratorium staff scientist Ron Hipschman as we visit Dan Werthimer, Director of the SETI Research Center at UC Berkeley. SETI conducts experiments searching for electromagnetic signatures of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations, spanning wavelengths from radio to visible light, over ten orders of magnitude in characteristic time scale.

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Date: April 8, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: dan werthimer, ron hipschman, seti, search for extraterrestrial intelligence, radio, radio waves, uc berkeley, space sciences laboratory

Links: SETI@Home Website

Science in the City:  Urban Astronomy (Clip)
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00:10:47
Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space". Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar, The Exploratorium's very own Adam Esposito and more demonstrate how to deal with the parameters and the unforgettable experiences that await with simple to no equipment, the right conditions, and some decent timing.

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Date: March 12, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: urban, astronomy, paul salazar, san francisco, amateur, astronomer, sidewalk astronomer, exploratorium , iridium flare, jupiter, planets, moon, telescopes, chabot space and science center, john dobson, dobsonian telescope mount


Science in the City:  The Art of 3D Printing (Clip)
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00:08:00
3D printing, the process of making three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape from a digital model, has become a tool that some artists are incorporating into their process of making art. Ash Martin of 3D Systems, sculptor Bruce Beasley, Autodesk artist-in-residence Scott Kildall, and the founders of the Smith|Allen Studio show us not only how this technology works, but how it can be used in creative and innovative ways.

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Date: February 12, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Science in the City:  King Tides and Climate Change (Clip)
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00:07:10
Seasonal cycles and winter storms bring extra-high "king tides" that can swamp coastal structures and habitats. What’s a coastal dweller to do? Take pictures! It’s no joke: Educators from the California King Tides Initiative explain how citizen snapshots can be of real value to researchers and policy makers.

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Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: king tides, climate change, california king tides initiative, bay area, winter storms, pacific, ocean, john laird, exploratorium

Links: Witness King Tides
California King Tides Initiative

Science in the City:  Plankton Drag (Clip)
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Exploratorium biologist Karli Woodward conducts a plankton drag at our new home at Pier 15, sweeping a net through the water to survey the astonishing variety of tiny organisms that thrive in the San Francisco Bay.

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Date: September 11, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: plankton, biology, food-chain


Science in the City:  How to Make a Hat (Clip)
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00:08:15
Panama, Pork Pie, Bowler, Fedora—the hat is back. Reviving the traditional art of handmade haberdashery, the women of "Paul's Hat Works" in San Francisco guide us through their century-old hat-making process, from custom measurement and blocking of the felt blank to hand-stitched finishing and the final flange. For more information on "Paul"s Hat Works" go to http://www.hatworksbypaul.com/.

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Date: August 14, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Links: Paul's Hat Works

Science in the City:  Flight Simulation (Clip)
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00:04:45
Virgin America's Captain Christopher Owens gives us a tour of their high-tech flight simulator used for pilot training and reveals just why simulation is an effective learning tool.

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Date: July 10, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): physics, general science

Keywords: flight simulation


Science in the City:  True Color (Clip)
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00:06:46
With a roll of thin plastic diffraction grating and some "stolen" sunlight, artist and exhibit developer Pete Stephens transformed the interior of the Palace of Fine Arts into a dazzling riot of spectral color. As he works to recreate the effect at the new Exploratorium at Pier 15, Stephens recounts the challenges—and the inspiration—of this expansive experiment in light.

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Date: June 12, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: exploratorium, palace of fine arts, rainbows, diffraction, color, light, visible spectrum, exhibit, sun, pier 15, san francisco


Science in the City:  Electric Guitar (Clip)
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00:09:30
There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing.

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Date: May 8, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: science, exploratorium, city, san francisco, guitar, electric guitar, music, ava mendoza, henry kaiser, fat dog, subway guitars, body, pickup, dynamics, tones, distortion


Science in the City:  The Making of a Bell (Clip)
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00:12:40
For our first episode in a new season of "Science in the City," we explore the creation of a bell for the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15. Artist Nick Diphillipo has been designing and casting bells and other objects for over thirty years. He teaches bell making at The Crucible in Oakland, California, as well as other foundry-related subjects.

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Date: April 10, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science

Keywords: bell, bell casting, foundry, molds, wax, bronze, metal, nick diphillipo, the crucible, metal arts, craft, making, science in the city, exploratorium


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