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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.


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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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Science in the City:  Bat Speak (Clip)
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Every night at Fort Funston, after all the people and dogs have left for the day, the bats come out to play. Dr. Gary Fellers of the U.S. Geological Survey tells us about bat vocalizations, the audio recordings he uses to monitor their travels, and the various species of bats that frequent this Golden Gate National Park.

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Date: February 23, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): biology

Keywords: gary fellers, fort funston, bats, echolocation, science, vocalization

Links: USGS Western Ecological Research Center

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Science in the City:  Urban Treasure (Clip)
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. We take a trip around San Francisco and examine what treasures are hidden in plain sight and talk to a few geocachers to find out what all this means.

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Date: February 9, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: geocaching, gps, treasure hunt

Links: Geocaching.com Website

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Science in the City:  Journey to the Farallones (Clip)
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Twenty-seven miles beyond the Golden Gate, the craggy Farallon Islands have been home to fur-seal hunters from Russia, a gold-rush-era egg business, and even a nuclear waste dump. Today they’re home to 250,000 sea birds, not to mention seals, sea lions, whales, and sharks. What makes these stark-looking islands so attractive to wildlife?

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Date: January 26, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: oceanography, farallones islands, noaa, whales, sharks, seals, birds, bay, sea life, grey whale, blue whale, great white, harbor seal, elephant seal,


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Science in the City:  Seismic San Francisco (Clip)
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The ground under our San Franciscan feet is constantly on the move. Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn as we visit some spots around town where exposed rocks reveal the tale of an active earth.

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Date: January 12, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology

Keywords: seismic, rocks, geology, ken finn, san francisco, fault lines, slickenside, chert, basalt


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Science in the City:  The Gong Show: Exploring Metal (Clip)
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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.

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Date: December 22, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: gongs, resonating, metal, metallophones, tam-tams, tempering, karen stackpole


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Science in the City:  Underwater World (Clip)
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If you sink it, they will come. That’s what Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck learned when she decided to experiment by submerging PVC plates under the piers at Marina Harbor. In this program, you'll meet the bizarre aquatic life forms that inhabit our Bay.

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Date: December 8, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: san francisco, bay, biology, organisms, tunicates, settling plates


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