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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, geology, architecture, weather, and more. Look for new episodes once a month.**We are on a winter hiatus, come back for more new episodes in February, 2014!


Browsing 30 - 40 results of 47 programs from project - Science in the City


Science in the City:  Lost and Found (Clip)
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Obsidian points, Spanish terra-cotta tiles, Prohibition-era liquor bottles—history lies buried underfoot in the Presidio, one of the earliest settlements in San Francisco, occupied in turn by the Ohlone Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, and the U.S. Army. Archaeologist Kari Jones shares tales of recent digs and discoveries in this national park, and explains why most artifacts are dug up only to be reburied.

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Date: July 28, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): archeology, history, general science

Keywords: archeology, presidio, san francisco, el presidio, el polin springs, excavation, artifacts


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Science in the City:  Architecture and Music (Clip)
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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.

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Date: July 13, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Architecture, Music, art

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Science in the City:  Cable Cars (Clip)
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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

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Date: June 20, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: cable cars, history, brakes


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Science in the City:  Pigeon Science (Clip)
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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

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Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: pigeons, san franciso, science, city, behavior, biology, navigation, memory


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Science in the City:  Traffic Signal Science (Clip)
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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.

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

Keywords: traffic signal, traffic lights, eddie tsui, engineering


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Science in the City:  Sea Debris (Clip)
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You've probably heard about the Texas-sized island of plastic trash swirling in the center of the Pacific Ocean. But did you know we have our own pockets of floating trash right here in San Francisco Bay? Join us on a trash safari with Sealife Convervation—a research and education group studying the volume, distribution, and sources of trash in the San Francisco and Monterey Bays.

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Date: May 11, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: oceanography, conservation, sealife, albatross, marine life, sailing, carbon, toxins, plastic


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Science in the City:  Busy Bees (Clip)
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Just outside the hum and buzz of San Francisco, there's a hum and buzz of a different sort. It's the sound of thousands of acres of almond crops being pollinated by bees—bees in such demand that they must be trucked in from as far as Texas. Almond grower Dave Phippen explains why. keeping this winged labor force happy and healthy is a vital but tricky business.

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Date: April 27, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: bees, pollination, farming, almonds, california, exploratorium, hives, agriculture, central valley


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Science in the City:  Slide Rules (Clip)
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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?

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Date: April 13, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: san francisco, the castro, mini park, exploratorium, speed, physics, slides, friction, velocity


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Science in the City:  Asphalt Acrobats (Clip)
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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.

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Date: March 23, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: skating, skateboarding, physics, ollie, skatepark, skater, science, science in action


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Science in the City:  World on a String (Clip)
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The original multimedia storytelling device, puppetry dates back many thousands of years and spans cultures worldwide. Join us for a back-stage look at an artistic collaboration that brings together a composer, musicians, puppeteers, and, of course, puppets to bring a story to life.

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Date: March 9, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art

Keywords: puppetry, puppet, science, science in the city, music

Links: Niki Ulehla's website

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