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Get a Sneak Peek of San Francisco's New Exploratorium

Get a Sneak Peek of San Francisco's New Exploratorium

The Exploratorium, San Francisco's famous hands-on science museum, is moving to a new location on the Embarcadero. We got to follow along as employees packed up exhibits in the old location at the Palace of Fine Arts near the Golden Gate Bridge, and began to settle into their new spot at Pier 15.

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Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

Producer's Notes: QUEST Lab – Properties of Plastic

I know cola isn’t good for me, but now I’m thinking the plastic bottle is even worse.

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Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s popular hands-on science museum, is unveiling long-awaited plans for its future home at Piers 15 and 17 along the San Francisco waterfront, a quarter-mile northwest of the Ferry Building.

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6 DIY Activities For The Burning Man Blues

6 DIY Activities For The Burning Man Blues

What to do when all your friends are at Burning Man? Here are six fun activities to inspire the Maker in you.

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San Francisco Science Scene

San Francisco Science Scene

I love researching and I always have. In high school, the librarians knew me by name because I spent more time with books than peers. In college, I would pick paper topics specifically to gain access to the Bancroft rare books library at Cal. In school, it was easy to fuel my nerdy interests and get lost into a battle of wits amongst friends but in adulthood, I have had to search for like-minded people and events. Below is my list of favorites intellectual haunts in the city.

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Science Event Pick: Exploratorium turns 40!

Science Event Pick: Exploratorium turns 40!

The Exploratorium is turning 40 and celebrating the only way they know how: with great science, art, and it's all free! Start with Exploratorium After Dark on Thursday, watch an ice block be cut into one by a motorcycle on Saturday, and conclude with a never told story of Frank Oppenheimer's founding of this San Francisco institution.

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Producer's Notes: Eclipse Chasers

Producer's Notes: Eclipse Chasers

QUEST tells the story of two Bay Area eclipse chasers – people so entranced by the sight of the moon completely covering the sun that they travel around the world to get a firsthand view of the phenomenon.

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Seed banking: saving both agri- and -culture

Seed banking: saving both agri- and -culture

It's more than the genes that feed us. Some have dubbed it the "doomsday vault"; others, taking a more positive tone, call it a repository of biodiversity. However you look at it, the Global Seed Vault is a fortress. Buried under almost 500 feet of Arctic permafrost, secured against bomb blasts, earthquakes, and potential thieves, […]

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Quest Picks: Bay Area connections to the South Pole

Quest Picks: Bay Area connections to the South Pole

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station As the sun shines and the air warms in the Bay Area, take a moment to consider a place where it's always cold–the South Pole. Thanks to some local folk, we can get a taste of the science at the bottom of the earth without leaving balmy San Francisco. Berkeley graduate […]

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Gleaning scientific observations from ancient myths

Gleaning scientific observations from ancient myths

I had the privilege this week of interviewing Isabel Hawkins, an astronomer and director of the Center for Science Education at Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory. We talked about how people use evidence in science, how it is that we know what we know. Hawkins isn't your ordinary astronomer. She began her career in an ordinary […]

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

How can you tell when someone's smile is fake? See if you can tell from the 2 images below:* A real, spontaneous smile incorporates tiny muscles around the eye that are nearly impossible to contract at will. You can see this for yourself in an exhibit called "Polite Smile, Delight Smile" part of the Exploratorium's […]

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Wired for wireless: the genetics of text messaging

Wired for wireless: the genetics of text messaging

I love my cell phone. We have a serious relationship. One that may be biologically predetermined. Let me explain. On New Year's Eve I brought my phone with me to San Francisco's Ocean Beach, where I traditionally go, rain or shine, to watch the year's last sunset. I was by myself, but I wasn't alone. […]

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World Series, uncorked

World Series, uncorked

Dave Barker of the Exploratorium gets some batting tipsWhen I think of baseball and science, I always remember poor Sammy Sosa. In 2003, he was suspended from seven games with the Chicago Cubs for using a bat that had cork in it–an illegal move, according to Major League Baseball rules. I certainly don't feel sorry […]

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