All Washed Up

When it come to busting up grease and dirt, few things work better than soap, thanks to the amazing structure of soap molecules! These molecules work by having two very different sides. One side is an oxygen (O) ion loosely hanging on to a sodium (Na) or potassium (K) ion. An ion is an electrically charged atom or group of atoms. Because this end is very similar to water molecules (H2O) it can mix well with water. The other end is a long chain of carbon and hydrocarbon (H) atoms linked together.

Why I am a Maker

Last year I jumped at the chance to have a booth at the first ever Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI. Having just published a book earlier in the spring I knew the faire would be a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the crazy projects I’d come up with and sell the book itself. This was the first time I’d done a festival so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. OMSI held a couple planning meetings for us which really helped me wrap my head around the prep work.

25 Things You Didn't Know About OMSI: Part II

While there’s plenty to see and do at the museum, there’s a lot that people don’t know and never see. Whether it’s a program you didn’t know existed or a fun piece of OMSI history, there are many stories to tell!

Celebrate Our Ocean!

Why should you care about the ocean? While oceans cover over 70% of Earth’s surface area, we have explored less than 10% this vast region to date. The ocean helps regulate the planet’s temperature and weather systems while providing valuable natural resources and nourishment to us. (Research provided by NOAA)

The Milky Way's Disappearing Act

Where is the Milky Way? At our mid northern latitudes during the month of May, the great band of stars known as the Milky Way simply vanishes from the evening sky.

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