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00:32:06
Brendan Kelly learned from Inuit hunters how to train Labrador retrievers to find ringed seals. This allows Brendan and his colleagues to set up live-capture nets to keep the seals from diving after they come up for air. The seals are tagged with satellite transponders so they can be tracked to learn about their breeding grounds and migration habits.

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

Date: May 30, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
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00:28:47
One of the first projects to move into the new BASC(Barrow Arctic Science Consortium)facility, the archeologist team of Anne Jensen and Laura Thomas, are preparing for their season of digging up the past. We will catch up with them in their lab: take a look at their tools and specimens, and learn about their plans as they prepare for their upcoming field work.

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

Date: May 29, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:28:34
Learn more about the new mission to Mars! The Mars Phoenix Lander touched down on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25, 2008, and began collecting data. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and search for complex organic molecules in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he walks us through the mission and shows us the first pictures that the Phoenix Lander sends back!

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: May 28, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:19:01
In our second Webcast with biologist Steve Hastings, we'll learn about his collaborative research experiment in Barrow. As the climate changes in the Arctic, the amount of water on the tundra is affected (more rainfall, shorter freeze periods, changing sea levels,etc). How will these changes effect the tundra's release of greenhouse gases? Will less permafrost mean more or less CO2 in the atmosphere? Will warmer temperatures cause more evaporation? Will that be good or bad for the environment?

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

Date: May 27, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:22:45
The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 70 nations engaged in a ten year (2000-2010) mission to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans. Rolf Gradinger is an expert in Sea Ice Communities, studying the tiny animals that actually live inside the ice and those that live on the bottom of the ice sheets. We'll chat with Rolf about his current work, drilling ice cores just off Barrow, and looking for some of the world's most unique fauna.

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

Date: May 24, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:16:26
Meet Barrow scientist and Ice Stories blogger Steve Hastings, who is investigating how the tundra responds to climate change. What exactly is the tundra? How can vegetation, no more than 3 inches tall, play such an important role in the world's climate? Why does the tundra release so much CO2?

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

Date: May 23, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:16:16
The Exploratorium's remote crew has landed in Barrow, AK, to showcase the vast array of science being conducted at this northernmost tip of the continent. Join us for this introduction to Barrow: where is it? why are so many scientists here? why are May and June such important times?

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

Date: May 22, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
01:23:17
Invisibility, teleportation, mind reading—the stuff of science fiction, right? Yet much of today’s technology was once considered impossible. Given enough time, couldn’t incredible ideas like these also become commonplace? In this unique presentation, author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku brings to life the science behind parallel universes and other fantastic phenomena. He’ll discuss the role of nanotechnology in learning to simulate invisibility, explain why NASA envisions sending “nanoships” to the stars, and reveal how nanoscience may provide an escape from the death of the universe itself.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: March 29, 2008
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
01:49:20
Join Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an authority on positive psychology and flow, for a lecture on creativity. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi reviews the common traits of creative people and describe the environments that foster innovation.

Project: Mind | Browse All

Date: March 12, 2008
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:04:14
Preview the Exploratorium's Mind exhibit, an exhibit collection four years in the making.

In Mind, you are the exhibit. Experience your own thoughts, feelings and actions in provocative and unexpected ways in this major new 5000-square-foot collection. Discover insights into how you make decisions, the kinds of things you do (or don’t) pay attention to, and the changing landscapes and intriguing effects of your own emotions. Mind is made possible with the support of the National Science Foundation.

Project: Mind | Browse All

Date: March 1, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology