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The San Francisco Fire Department’s Ladder Shop

In a windy city that has narrow streets and a lot of high voltage power lines, aluminum ladders may not be the best choice for fighting fires. Watch how ladder builder Jerry Lee makes and repairs antique-looking, hand...

Garlic: How Does it Grow?

With a history of human use going back 7,000 years, garlic is a culinary and medicinal mainstay in Asian, European, African, Latin American and North American cultures, and yet many don't know a lot about this pungent...

Time lapse at the Port of Long Beach: The Art of Stevedore

Trucks, trains, huge ships, cranes, machines, containers, and more cranes! Filmmaker Alex Hallajian recorded operations at the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States, 24/7 for seven...

Collecting the deep sea animals of Monterey Submarine Canyon

Go behind-the-scenes with Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow and expert on deep-sea cephalopods, as she dives down into Monterey Submarine Canyon via a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) camera. Her team is collecting s...

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California

Goats have an insatiable appetite. Elite goats have an insatiable appetite and are independent, hearty, and trained to clear brush across California's hillsides. Science Friday joins Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4...

Google’s Self-Driving Car

We often tell our kids that by the time they're 16 years old, they may not need to learn how to drive. Self-driving cars for those who can't drive are an incredible chance to be more autonomous, and for those who can,...

Renegades of Bike Culture or How Mountain Biking Was Invented

Renegades of Bike Culture, or How Mountain Biking Was Invented, from the University of California's Fig.1 series. In the 1970's, counter-culture types in the mountains north of San Francisco took to careening down ...

Lost at sea: Researching the impact of sunken shipping containers

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo ships every year, eventually falling to the ocean floor and disturbing the deep-sea ecosystems where they land. In February 2004, a container was discovered within ...

Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond

In 1961, an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond inaugurated the new science wing at Los Angeles’ California Museum of Science and Industry. Spo...

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers and their director Corey Chan are dedicated to telling stories that are thousands of years old. Though traditional dance, music, costume-making, and...

Inside the Compost Cycle

From KQED Science, find out how San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste can be transformed into a dark, nutrient-rich material that will not only feed plants to improve the quality...

Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color

Above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker's Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3. But wait… here’s the real video of this freeway. So what’s going ...

Mysterious deep-sea squid: Grimalditeuthis bonplandi

This is the first footage ever filmed of the Grimalditeuthis bonplandi, a deep-sea squid, captured on video by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Californi...

Bob Burnquist: Defying gravity with a skateboard

In one of the more astonishing viral videos ever made with a skateboard, watch Bob Burnquist as he demonstrates that, with practice and safety gear, you can perhaps defy gravity. Also, helicopters. via Kottke. Than...

A real, life-size Wall-E Robot

From Tested.com, how Michael McMaster of the Wall-E Builders Club made a real, life-size Wall-E Robot, complete with accurately adorable sounds. Follow that up with this making-of video: There are a few more Pixar-...

Chandelier Tree

Over the course of six years, Adam Tenenbaum turned his front yard tree into one that was filled with the warm light of second-hand chandeliers. In this short, filmmaker Colin Kennedy (who lives down the st...

Behind the Scenes of How the Tesla Model S is Made

On a state-of-the-art assembly line in Fremont, California, 400 cars a day are being created by 3,000 workers and 160 robots. This is Tesla Motors, and the cars they’re making are currently the most advance...

Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs

What can we learn from a tiny seahorse that might help us make stronger robotics or armor in the future? UCSD Materials Science Ph.D. student Michael Porter explains what his team has learne...

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