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At the 35th Annual Awards Dinner on May 8, 2012, the Exploratorium celebrated its 40 year history at the Palace of Fine Arts. This video gives an historical look at the Exploratorium and its place in the Bay Area's fabric of innovation. Join Dr. Russell Schnell, the director of the Global Monitoring Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as he talks about what it takes to monitor climate change. Dr. John Barnes, Station Manager of NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, shares the history of Charles Keeling's pioneering carbon dioxide measurements, which have been taken continually at Mauna Loa since 1958. In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we examine the notion of curiosity. Curiosity is a big part of what it means to be human. It's also the name of NASA's next Mars rover. This 60-second video shows how one type of curiosity can inspire another. In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we look at landing on Mars. Landing a spacecraft on Mars is one of the trickiest things we do. This 60-second video explains how it’s done, and the three landing systems we use at the Red Planet. In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars. Admit it: Hasn't the Godzilla inside you always wanted to grab the Golden Gate Bridge and shake it silly? Finally, you can. In honor of the iconic span's 75th birthday, Exploratorium exhibit developer Dave Fleming presents a dynamic model of the Golden Gate Bridge. What happens to the bridge during an earthquake? How about strong winds and heavy traffic? The model dances and wiggles realistically, displaying the same vibrational modes and motions that occur in the actual bridge. Edward O. Wilson has revolutionized science and inspired the public more often than any other living biologist. Now he is blending his pioneer work on ants with a new perspective on human development to propose a radical reframing of how evolution works. Dr. Wilson visited the Exploratorium recently and spoke to staff and a group of invited students.
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. Every winter, the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event presents the artistry of master mixologists shaken with the science behind the craft. Guest mixologists will join us from popular San Francisco bars to mix delicious cocktails, while guests participate in interactive science experiments about alcohol, inebriation, hangovers, cocktail creation, and more.
Music by Wayne Grim