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00:07:03
Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far.

04:53
How can a wind-powered sailboat move faster than the wind? Why do the America's Cup sails look like airplane wings? With the beginner in mind, Exploratorium senior scientist Paul Doherty introduces the basic physics of sailing and sail design.

00:05:46
Come out to play on the concrete slides at Seward Street Mini Park in the Castro. A series of speed tests guided by physicist Paul Doherty takes on the question asked by sliders everywhere: How can I go faster?

No one puts the laws of physics to the test quite like the urban skateboarder. Join us for a closer look at the science behind the tricks of the sidewalk-shredding trade, from the basic ollie to high-flying aerial maneuvers.

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.

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.

00:09:29
Have you ever really listened to a ball bounce? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes the elegant mathematics of a bouncing ball.

00:05:17
Watch the process of a deceased monitor lizard providing energy for other organisms to live in this time-lapse video. Look for this exhibit in the museum, upstairs in the Traits of Life area.

00:08:42
Exploratorium graphic artist David Barker describes the physics of baseball bats, and makes some sweet music in the process!

00:36:28
As a special event in conjunction with the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, we connected a live audience at the Exploratorium with scientists at the South Pole. Learn about atmospheric research at the South Pole from NOAA's Nick Morgan, the IceCube neutrino detector from Mark Krasberg and Laura Gladstone, and the South Pole Telescope from Bill Holzapfel.