Paleo Lab Treasure: Thalattosaur

While Dinosaurs Unearthed is on exhibit this summer, you can find real dinosaurs and other prehistoric animal fossils and bones in OMSI's Paleontology Lab. 

When Greg Carr started volunteering at OMSI in December 2012, he was part of a package deal. Greg followed his once-in-a-lifetime fossil discovery “Bernie” to the Paleontology Lab. What makes this jumbled collection of bones so special? These are the oldest bones ever found in Oregon.

Cycles of Science

What's going on at OMSI? That's the question I get asked the most when people hear I work as an educator here. The answer... lots! So much that it's difficult to condense into a simple answer or even to list on the website all that we do. But we do want to get some of that information out to interested science-minded people, and so this blog.

The Antarctic Files: Part III

In late March (on our fall equinox), the Sun finally fell below the horizon. Coinciding with sunset, we were looking forward to seeing an atmospheric effect called a ‘green flash,’ but unfortunately it was overcast at the time. This green flash can be seen elsewhere in the world during sunset or sunrise over a clean, clear horizon (such as over the ocean on a calm, clear day) but can be more prolonged here due to the relative speed of the Sun. However we did distinctly see another atmospheric effect, that of the Earth’s shadow being cast across the sky.

Making Monsters

OMSI is taking Science on the move! Did you see a chicken coop at the Rose Quarter or a monster-making kiosk at the Gresham transit center? Wondering what this is all about? Both experiences are part of OMSI's Science on the Move project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the project is to explore innovative ways to engage adults in science learning outside of museums.

The Antarctic Files: Part II

The final flight of the season left the South Pole on Friday, February 14. The departure of that plane officially marked the end of the summer season here. For winter-overs this is a big milestone in our year—there won’t be another plane arriving for over eight months. We, a group of 41 individuals, are now effectively stranded in the heart of Earth’s coldest, driest continent and the dark of winter is approaching. But much of the work over the past few months has been to prepare us for these conditions, ensuring that we have adequate resources and provisions for the task.

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