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Science in the City:  Golden Gate Bridge Dynamics (Clip)
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00:06:27
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.

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Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco, golden gate bridge, 75th anniversery, suspension bridge, earthquake, wind, exhibit, mickey hart


After Dark:  The Tibetan View of the Mind with Venerable Geshe Lhakdor (Clip)
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00:32:46
Discover the Tibetan Buddhist view of the mind with Geshe Lhakdor. He discusses how awareness and sensory information (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are perceived through different forms of consciousness, and how Buddhist practitioners investigate their inner mental experiences to better understand their experience of the world around them.

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Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology

Keywords: geshe lhakdor, science for monks, buddhism, sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, five senses, tibet, mind


After Dark:  This is Your Brain on Meditation with Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas (Clip)
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00:37:04
In this special lecture given at After Dark, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas relates scientific studies of contemplative practices. Dr. Simon-Thomas is Science Director for the Greater Goods Science Center at UC Berkeley. Her current research examines the conceptual nature, experiential properties, and biological underpinnings of positive states like compassion, as well as the potential for cultivating these states and related acts of altruism.

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Date: May 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology

Keywords: dr. emiliana simon-thomas, after dark, science for monks, mind, cognition, compassion, altruism, meditation, monks


Miscellaneous:  In Conversation with E.O. WIlson (Clip)
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00:49:00
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.

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Date: May 3, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, general science

Keywords: e.o. wilson, biologist, longnow foundation, harvard, teaching, evolution, scientist, biodiversity, ants, science, human social behavior, social biology, edward o. wilson, pulitzer


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Science in the City:  Owls (Clip)
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Take a stroll in Golden Gate Park at dusk and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a sound perhaps unexpected: the hooting of wild owls. Jessie Bushell of the San Francisco Zoo debunks some common myths about owls while introducing us to several rescued owls currently living at the zoo—from a 3-ounce northern saw-whet owl that was hit by a snowmobile to a 10-pound Eurasian eagle owl confiscated from a smuggler.

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Date: April 12, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: science in the city, owls, wildlife, nature, habitats, mating, breeds, predators, prey, great horned owls, sawhet owl, barn owl,


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Science in the City:  Reel Movies (Clip)
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00:04:47
The end of an era is near: In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are rapidly being replaced by digital projectors. Paul Clipson, projectionist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gives us what may be a last-chance look at the tools and techniques—including lightning reflexes—at work in 35 mm film projection.

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Date: March 15, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, general science, physics

Keywords: 35mm, projection, film, paul clipson, film projection


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After Dark:  Vinyl (Clip)
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00:03:06
What happened to your stacks of wax? From handmade record players to DJs scratching new sounds, explore unique uses of an old-school material.

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Date: March 8, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: vinyl, turntable, record


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Science in the City:  A Record of the Moment (Clip)
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In this age of iPods and MP3s, the vinyl record (still) stands as an object of curiosity and ongoing admiration. What’s the real difference between a 78 and a 45? Why do they call it “cutting a record” when an album is recorded? Music enthusiast Wade Wright of San Francisco takes us back in time to explain the history and technology of vinyl records.

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Date: February 23, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: vinyl, records, wax, music, recording, audio, grooves, laquer, shellaq, wade wright, collectors, 78, 45, 33 1/3, rpm


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Miscellaneous:  How to Build a Sun Viewer (Clip)
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00:03:53
Senior Exploratorium Scientist, Paul Doherty demonstrates how you can make your own sun viewer. You can safely view sunspots, eclipses and transits with this equipment that you may have laying around the house! To learn more about the upcoming Transit of Venus visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/question3.html

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Date: February 16, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: transit of venus, solar viewing, solar flares, do-it-yourself sun viewer,


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Science in the City:  Underworld (Clip)
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00:06:39
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.

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Date: February 13, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco bay, construction, piers 15 and 17, piles, scuba diving, piles, engineering


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