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The Gong Show: Exploring Metal (Video)
Date: December 22, 2010
Running Time: 00:05:00
Join musician Karen Stackpole as she illuminates the science, history, and construction of gongs, tam-tams, and metallophones. In her studio, we learn how gongs are made by using heat, cold water, and a tempering process. Karen also discusses contemporary uses of gongs and some of her current work.
Urban environments like San Francisco are full of mysterious natural and human-made phenomena. Why are there so many one-footed pigeons? Where does the sewage go? Why is our “summer” in May and September? The Exploratorium is “taking it outside" to explore these and other questions in engineering, ecology, optics, waves, ... More »

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Restoring the Salt Ponds (Video)
10/8/2014   
The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on ...

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The Science of Firefighting: Cisterns (Video)
9/10/2014   
Ever notice a brick-lined circle embedded into a street intersection? Keep an eye out and y ...
 
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Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Video)
4/8/2014   
Join Exploratorium staff scientist Ron Hipschman as we visit Dan Werthimer, Director ...
 
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Flight Simulation (Video)
7/10/2013   
Virgin America's Captain Christopher Owens gives us a tour of their high-tech flight simulator ...
 
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The Making of a Bell (Video)
4/10/2013   
For our first episode in a new season of "Science in the City," we explore the creation ...
 
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Altamont Wind Farms (Video)
9/12/2012   
Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands ...

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The Science of Firefighting: Cisterns (Video)
9/10/2014   
Ever notice a brick-lined circle embedded into a street intersection? Keep an eye out and y ...
 
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Sutro Tower: From Eyesore to Icon (Video)
8/13/2014   
Looming over San Francisco since 1973, Sutro Tower's antennae transmi ...
 
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Sending Humans to Mars (Video)
7/8/2014   
What would it take for humans to travel to and live on Mars—and who is daring eno ...
 
00:12:46
What is Community Radio? (Video)
6/11/2014   
What is Community Radio? The DJs and station managers at KPOO, KUSF in Exile, Mutiny Radio an ...
 
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Preserving our Wild Fish (Video)
5/14/2014   
In this episode, you'll get a get a glimpse into frontline efforts to restore healthy, ...




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