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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?

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: January 26, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:53:38
Open Make is a monthly program at the Exploratorium, in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar Animation Studios, to highlight the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local makers. Makers from the Bay Area will be highlighted to share their work with the public, and Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of Make Magazine will interview Featured Makers in the McBean theater. This month's program will feature makers including Lani Smoot, Shawn Lani, Virginia Fleck, and Shih Chieh Huang.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: January 15, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:40
This After Dark event got the holiday season off to a sweet start, presenting art, science, and history related to sugar.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 10, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:05:49
The High School Explainer Program is one of the most exciting programs at the Exploratorium. It focuses on high school--aged students in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

Project: Explainer Perspectives | Browse All

Date: December 10, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:02:07
What are you afraid of? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? This After Dark event investigated the psychology and biology of fear, and included Damian Cooksey confronting his fear by demonstrating the sport of highlining far above visitors’ heads.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: November 16, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:02:20
The Exploratorium celebrated its future home at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco with an official groundbreaking ceremony and festivities on October 19, 2010.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: October 26, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:03:05
This After Dark event presented a collection of objects, organizations, and activities use various alternative energy sources, and also looked at sustainably raised food.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 13, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:52
Senior Exploratorium scientist, Paul Doherty, unlocks the mystery behind the corrosive dust that coats the Black Rock Desert.

Project: Science at Burning Man | Browse All

Date: September 29, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:48
The Exploratorium crew got the opportunity to enjoy a bird's eye view of the Black Rock desert. Join us as we investigate the challenges of navigating density altitude in this extreme climate.

Project: Science at Burning Man | Browse All

Date: September 14, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:28
Burning Man is a literal hotbed of explosions and fire. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he looks at the properties that make up fire through the lens of the Burning Man event.

Project: Science at Burning Man | Browse All

Date: September 11, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science