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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:  Whales Washed Ashore on Northern California Beaches (Clip)
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A dozen whales, different species and ages, have washed up recently on nearly 300 miles of Northern California coastline. While this is not a record, it's still alarming. Why is it happening? Bay Area scientists are considering factors such as environmental changes, food distribution, shipping, ocean currents, and predator behavior. Meet staff from the California Academy of Sciences, Mission Science Workshop, and the Exploratorium, and explore evidence leading to and hypotheses about these tragic events.

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Date: August 11, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: whales, marine biology, sperm whale, california academy of sciences


Science in the City:  Big and Tall Bikes (Clip)
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Height confers advantages in many sports—to a point. But what if you’re too tall to even safely fit on a bicycle? Bike builder David Folch shares both the engineering challenges and the joy of creating supersized bikes for supersized riders.

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Date: July 8, 2015
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics, Geometry

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Science in the City:  Sound Restoration (Clip)
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Experimental physicist Carl Haber restores antique audio recordings too old, fragile, or damaged to be otherwise replayed—including recordings made in wax, soot, and foil. Using optical scanning technologies from his work at CERN in Switzerland, Haber has recovered and preserved a diverse collection of deteriorating sonic artifacts, voices from the past that otherwise would have been lost.

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Date: June 10, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, physics, general science

Keywords: carl haber, antique recording, wax cylinder, irene, smartscope, confocal microscopy, lawrence berkeley national lab, lawrence berkeley national laboratory, audio reconstruction, sound reconstruction, scott de martinville, phonautograph

Links: Sound Reproduction Research and Development Home Page

Science in the City:  Living With Wildlife in the Bay Area (Clip)
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00:10:45
With the ever shifting boundaries between humans and wildlife in the Bay Area, the daily routine for many has it's challenges and rewards for all involved. Based on biological studies and direct experiences, we focus on a few of our favorite neighboring species who interact with us humans, and our way of life, in more ways than you may think.

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Date: May 13, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, science, wildlife, parks, boundaries, wildcare, coexisting, cohabiting, species, bay area


Science in the City:  Tofu (Clip)
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Curious about Tofu? The folks over at Hodo Soy Beanery tell us everything we ever wanted to know about how Tofu (and its "sexier cousin" Yuba) is made. Music by Wayne Grim For more information on Hodo Soy Beanery- http://hodosoy.com

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Date: April 8, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Science in the City:  Guide Dogs (Clip)
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Navigating bustling city streets can be a challenge for anyone at times. Can you imagine crossing a busy street, walking up a flight of stairs or using public transportation without the gift of sight? In this Science in the City you'll catch a glimpse of how Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity, and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.

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Date: March 11, 2015
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology, General Science

Keywords: animals, dogs, blind,


Science in the City:  Buried Treasure: Recovering the Charles Hare Lighter (Clip)
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Buried in a cove that later became downtown San Francisco, a Gold Rush-era cargo ship lay lost and forgotten underground until it was exposed by construction in 2013. Marine archeologists and historians share stories of the discovery, excavation, and preservation of this humble yet significant 23-foot maritime artifact, unique among the oldest intact boats in the United States.

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Date: February 11, 2015
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: gold rush, san francisco, port, archaeology, boat, preservation, excavation, lighter


Science in the City:  Restoring the Salt Ponds (Clip)
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What are salt ponds and why are they are being restored to their natural habitat? The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. When complete, the project will restore 15,100 acres of industrial salt ponds to a rich mosaic of tidal wetlands and other habitats. For more information go to http://www.southbayrestoration.org .

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Date: October 7, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Science in the City:  The Science of Firefighting: Cisterns (Clip)
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Ever notice a brick-lined circle embedded into a street intersection? Keep an eye out and you'll see them throughout San Francisco. As part of the San Francisco Fire Department's Auxiliary Water Supply System, these brick circles indicate a cistern full of water. Join SFFD's Chief Ken Lombardi and Firefighter Hashim Anderson as they discuss the history and function of these cisterns, and demonstrate the drafting procedures used to access the water.

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Date: September 10, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): general science

Keywords: cisterns, san francisco fire department, sffd, hydrant, reservoir, ken lombardi, hashim anderson


Science in the City:  Sutro Tower: From Eyesore to Icon (Clip)
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00:10:06
Looming over San Francisco since 1973, Sutro Tower's antennae transmit and receive radio and television signals to the nine-county SF Bay Area. Perched above Twin Peaks, the tower has become a local icon, now revered as much as it was abhorred when first built. Visit the tower with us to find out what’s on it, what’s underneath it, and its history, including its transformation from eyesore to icon.

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Date: August 13, 2014
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: sutro tower, adolph sutro, mount sutro, san francisco, exploratorium, science, radio frenquency, herb caen, fog, television, wireless, communications


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