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On January 30, Plugged In’s unquenchable interest in infrastructure expressed itself in an actual tour of an infrastructure system itself. As part of ScienceOnline2013, the fabulous science/scientist/communications convention/festival/love-in held every year in my own city of Raleigh,  I led a tour of the stormwater tunnels beneath the city of Raleigh.

I know all about these tunnels because I splashed around in them while trying to figure out what happened to my stormwater when I was reporting my infrastructure book, On the Grid.

Anyhow. We had a large time, pursuing the dual hypotheses that 1) stormwater management is pretty amazing, and Raleigh’s history with it is fascinating; and 2) the world is just cooler in general than you can even imagine, and we should all bear that in mind pretty much every second.

I think a lot of people came along just for the hard hats, which I have to say came in pretty handy.

Anyhow. Part of what we did was document the tour to within an inch of its life, with the aim of thinking about how to effectively, quickly, and easily share science communication. The results of all that camera-pointing are in.

Here’s the one I did, using mostly video and pix from the tour participants:

Roland Kays started off the very day of the tour by using iMovie on his iPhone and creating this from a template.

John Romano shot pretty much constantly and put this out a few days ago:

From all this I learned above all that there is never an excuse not to capture interesting images of your work, and as Roland demonstrated, if you’re motivated you can share them in a very watchable format within hours of gathering them.

On stormwater we’ll talk more. Until then enjoy the stormwater tunnel film festival. By the way, this last is a video I shot a few years ago following a drop of water from my house to the river. You probably won’t want to watch much of it, but in the interest of completeness and stormwateriness, there it is.

Scott Huler About the Author: A writer who commonly explores science, culture, and the relationship between the two. Follow on Twitter @huler.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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