Sunday, April 17, 2011

Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, CA

Nestled in the heart of the Golden Gate Park in western San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences offers a once in a life-time experiences to it's visitors.  From the Butterflies fluttering around you in the Rain Forests of the World Exhibit to the fascinating show in the Planetarium, the trip here is a must-see!

Visitors are "Welcomed" by the full smile of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Looking into the Rain Forests of the World.

The Living Roof:
Designed to maintain the temperature of the building by absorbing the heat of the Summer Sun and insulating the inside from the cooler San Francisco days in which the city becomes enveloped in the famous fog.  An alternative motive behind the Living Roof is to reduce the effect of "Urban Heat" which is produced by black tar roofs and asphalt in most larger cities.  Just one more way the California is making a lead in Alternative Energy is the surrounding "Glass Canopy" of more than 60,000 photo-voltaic cells which produce all the energy the building requires to function on. 

The Foucault Pendulum:

Proof that the World rotates!  French physicist Leon Foucault proved the fact the world rotates by this simple pendulum on free swing motion which also can accurately tell time, which is what this exhibit is showing here: 

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