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Join artist Alex Warren as he demonstrates the relationship of pigments and binders in the creation of paint.

Project: Color | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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00:07:05
Framing of the Exploratorium's Observatory Building, the only completely new construction at at the piers, began in April 2011. Iron workers placed various sizes of steel beams in piles around the concrete base of the Observatory. Then, while a crane raised and held each beam aloft, the workers used metal spikes to line up the holes of the beams and inserted bolts, tightening them down to tie the structure together. Because the Observatory Building is less than two stories tall, the iron workers were allowed to shimmy across the beams without harnesses. Once this process was finished, the beams were plumbed and welded together.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:02:00
An homage to the color of passion and pageantry, Red featured special presentations, classic exhibits, and fiery performances by San Francisco’s Theatre Flamenco.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
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00:05:30
Goerte once described architecture as "frozen music," observing their common foundation in mathematics, geometry, and aesthetics. But what is the sound of a skyscraper? A warehouse? A bridge? Here we explore the connections between architecture and music, juxtaposing San Francisco buildings with musical compositions influenced by architecture. This experimental segment of Science in the City asks more questions than it answers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: July 13, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Architecture, Music, art
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Like the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's cable cars are world-renowned as emblems of our city. Join us for a ride down Hyde Street as we investigate what makes these historic cars go—and more importantly, stop—on the steep hills of San Francisco. To learn more visit the Cable Car Museum website: http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/index.html

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: June 20, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:51
Construction of Pier 15 from March 11th through May 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: June 17, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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00:01:33
Construction of the Observatory at Piers 15 & 17 from April 12th through April 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: June 17, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): engineering
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00:04:15
In this program we meet Elizabeth Young, pigeon rescue expert and head of the pigeon rescue organization MickCoo (http://www.mickacoo.org), for a personal introduction to pigeons-their history, their accomplishments, their contributions to research in animal behavior/memory/learning/and how they navigate long distances-as well as their plight in the city. For more information visit: www.RescueReport.org

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
01:00
Join us for a preview of Oaxacan artisans that will be visiting the Exploratorium this summer as part of Colorfest!

Project: Color | Browse All

Date: June 3, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art, chemistry
Running Time:
00:04:12
Red means stop, green means go—simple enough, right? But traffic lights are just a small part of the sophisticated science of traffic engineering. San Francisco Traffic Engineer Eddie Tsui takes us on a wild ride through his world, from computer simulations to ever-evolving detection technologies.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 25, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): engineering, city planning