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The end of an era is near: In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are rapidly being replaced by digital projectors. Paul Clipson, projectionist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gives us what may be a last-chance look at the tools and techniques—including lightning reflexes—at work in 35 mm film projection.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 15, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, general science, physics
Running Time:
00:05:09
In this age of iPods and MP3s, the vinyl record (still) stands as an object of curiosity and ongoing admiration. What’s the real difference between a 78 and a 45? Why do they call it “cutting a record” when an album is recorded? Music enthusiast Wade Wright of San Francisco takes us back in time to explain the history and technology of vinyl records.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: February 23, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
00:04:10
San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, producing tasty meals—and thousands of gallons of used cooking oil. See how the SFGreasecycle program is turning this grease glut into fuel for the city's bus fleet.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 25, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:11:47
Well, we tried our live webcast experiment and had some technical difficulties-there are always potential hazards when you make live programs. Nevertheless, here is the show, and we hope you enjoy it! Since there is rarely fog in the winter in San Francisco, Exploratorium Senior Science Educator, Scientist Eric Muller will create fog using Liquid Nitrogen just outside the Museum.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 11, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Fog, weather, experiment, liquid nitrogen
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
00:04:35
Have you ever wondered where your plastic bottle goes after you toss it in the recycling bin? Take a little trip with us to the San Leandro Waste Management facility, where Rebecca Jewell tours us through the complex world of residential recycling.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: November 9, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:04:39
In an unlikely corner of industrial southeastern San Francisco, a herd of 60 goats gambol on a 10-acre site ringed by a rail yard and a cement recycling plant. Meet the movers and munchers behind City Grazing, a local “rent-a-goat” service that provides an ecological alternative to lawn mowers and herbicides. To learn more visit: http://citygrazing.com/

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: October 25, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:33
We all have an inner voice that pipes up now and then: "Don't eat that cake," it says, or "Where are my keys?" Does this type of self-talk serve any purpose? Recent research suggests that it does, helping us to build motivation and control impulses. Here, one man confronts the power—and the limitations—of his inner voice.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: October 12, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:04:58
Throughout history, tattoos have represented conquests, coming of age, religion, spirituality, art, and even punishment. Today, tattoos are alive and thriving as a form of personal expression. How have modern techniques changed this art form? What are best practices in tattoo creation and care? Why are tattoos permanent—and when are they not? Join us as we "talk tat" with artitsts Suzanne "Fishy" Shifflett and Tanya Wischerath of Modern Electric Tattoo in San Francisco.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: September 28, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art