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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.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: September 11, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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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
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
00:04:45
How do brewers turn a handful of simple ingredients into the frothy, delicious beverage we call beer? Patrick Horn and Bryan Hermannsson from San Francisco’s Pacific Brewing Lab take us inside their testing facility and show us how a new beer is born.

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Date: October 10, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Chemistry, General Science
Running Time:
00:07:03
Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far.

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Date: September 12, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:06:20
Take to the skies on board the zeppelin Eureka with pilot Andrea Deyling of Airship Ventures and get a crash-free course in lighter-than-air flight: What’s the difference between an airship, a blimp, and a zeppelin? How do they stay aloft? How high and how fast can they fly? Airship Ventures operates the only commercial passenger airship operation in the United States. To find out more go to www.airshipventures.com.

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Date: August 8, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science
Running Time:
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.

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Date: July 11, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science