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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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00:03:50
At the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, a construction project to rebuild the elevated freeway ramp formerly known as Doyle Drive is underway. Senior bridge engineer John Walters tours us through some of the new seismic technologies being installed, including a seismic joint designed to handle several feet of longitudinal movement and a spherical bearing that allows for three-dimensional movement. Walters also points out a temporary structure built over the historic Presidio Pet Cemetery to protect the grave sites while providing a platform for the construction overhead.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: November 23, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): engineering, city planning
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00:05:26
The ground under our San Franciscan feet is constantly on the move. Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn as we visit some spots around town where exposed rocks reveal the tale of an active earth.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 12, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology
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04:00
Biologist Kristina Yu and exhibit developer Denise King share their love for the mighty (and mightily underappreciated) microorganism.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: October 8, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:03:06
This video shows some of the stunning imagery captured by the high definition cameras on the Little Hercules ROV on June 30, 2010 during the vehicles second dive down to Kawio Barat volcano.

Project: Voyages of Discovery: NOAA's Okeanos Explorer | Browse All

Date: June 30, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science
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00:00:36
In May 2009, the ROV Jason captured these images of violent explosions of the West Mata volcano near Fiji. At almost 4,000 feet underwater, this is the deepest erupting volcano ever witnessed and captured on video. It's also the first time anyone has ever observed the formation of deep-ocean seafloor as it's happening.

Project: Voyages of Discovery: NOAA's Okeanos Explorer | Browse All

Date: May 1, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:04:16
Dr. Marvin Speece, professor of geophysical engineering at Montana Tech and co-Principal Investigator of the Offshore New Harbor Project, discusses how their expedition collects scientific data.

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

Date: December 9, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:03:56
In this audio dispatch, correspondent Saffia Hossainzadeh describes her journey to her team's deep field site via a stop at Siple Dome station. In part one, hear about the difficulties involved in escorting 700 pounds of explosives through Antarctica.

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

Date: November 25, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:27
In this audio dispatch, correspondent Saffia Hossainzadeh describes her journey to her team's deep field site via a stop at Siple Dome station. In part two, hear about our combat-style landing at Siple Dome’s remote air strip.

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

Date: November 25, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:58:32
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years! Archimedes was one of the world's greatest scientific and mathematical minds. His thoughts were inscribed on goatskin parchment, but the letters and diagrams were scraped off and written over by Greek monks in the Middle Ages. Now, using an intense x-ray beam generated at Stanford University's linear accelerator, some of the original Greek text will be revealed for the first time in the modern world.

Project: Evidence: Ancient Writings Revealed | Browse All

Date: August 4, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): History, Technology