Prehistoric Planet: Walking with Dinosaurs | 3D
Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch on an extraordinary journey back in time to the Alaska of 70 million years ago. Through the latest in CGI technology, BBC Earth invites you to witness the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be presented on the Giant Screen.
The adventure begins with a herd of large, plant-eating dinosaurs – Pachyrhinosaurus. The film follows their youngsters through the seasons and the challenges of growing up and establishing themselves in this prehistoric world. From the moment they hatch, they face predators, extremes of weather and natural disasters as they fight for survival.
Huge bone beds, found in Alaska and Alberta, reveal that pachyrhinosaurs roamed in vast herds. They very likely undertook epic migrations and had complex social lives, just as animals in large herds do today. Following them on their migrations, we encounter various other species they likely met and interacted with, including the fierce Nanuqsaurus, the top predator of the day.
For this immersive Giant Screen experience, the bodies and movements of the different Cretaceous era species have been precisely recreated from the fossil evidence. Their behaviour is derived from both palaeontology and a detailed knowledge of the behaviour of modern animals, giving these animated creatures an amazing degree of realism.
With its ambitious CGI visuals, Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs reveals the story behind the lives of the dinosaurs and the challenges they faced during a constant battle of survival in the ancient world.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it follows the efforts of the First Order, a group that is the successor to the Galactic Empire, to eliminate Luke Skywalker and the New Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke's twin sister, General Leia Organa, opposes the First Order while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
"It's everything the kid in us goes to the movies for -- marvelous adventure that leaves us surprised, scared and euphoric." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Duration: 136 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | 3D
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
"Dawn of Justice is a dark-palette feast for the eyes, with some memorable set pieces, just the right amount of dark humor, strong performances and so many inside references and hints of characters and films to come there could be an entire day of Comic-Con panels just about the spoilers and the teasers...When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 151 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.
View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.
Zootopia | 3D
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia stars the voice talents of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jason Bateman.
"Zootopia is one of my favorite animated movies. Not one of my favorite animated movies of the last year or two, or of the last decade, or in recent memory. It's one of my favorite animated movies, period." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 108 mins. | Rating: PG
Science Pub Portland: Earthquakes
Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes
With Justin L. Rubinstein, PhD, Research Geophysicist and Deputy Chief - Induced Seismicity Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions around the country, with the lion’s share in Oklahoma. In 2014 there were more magnitude 3 and larger earthquakes in Oklahoma than there were in California. The increased earthquake activity is limited to areas of new and emerging oil and gas production and is undoubtedly caused by some of the techniques they use.
With a focus on oil and gas production and related techniques, I will discuss the many ways that humans can cause earthquakes. In the case of fluid injection, the primary source of the recent increase in earthquake rate, the fluid pressure increase from injection can be transferred many miles from the injection point. This fluid-pressure increase, in effect, lubricates the faults, making them more prone to slipping in earthquakes.
Recent research shows that the rate at which injection occurs strongly influences whether earthquakes will be induced. Areas with higher injection rates are more likely to have induced earthquakes. Other parameters, like the total volume injected and the depth of injection, are also believed to affect the likelihood of induced earthquakes. Additionally, local geological conditions are important. Despite similar injection practices, there is very little injection-induced seismicity in North Dakota in stark contrast to Oklahoma.
Given that these earthquakes are human-caused, there is hope that they can be minimized or even stopped. Slowing or stopping injection, changing injection depths, or trucking fluids to other locations have all been suggested as ways to curb induced seismicity. Regulators in a number of states have taken notice of the increased seismicity and are taking action to reduce the likelihood of damaging temblors. With future research to improve our understanding of fluid-injection induced earthquakes, we may be able to reduce their likelihood, something that is not possible for natural earthquakes. To accomplish this, though, it will require cooperation between all the stakeholders, including academic scientists, regulators, and the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Justin Rubinstein is a seismologist and Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. His research focuses on the ongoing surge of seismicity in the central United States and its relationship to oil and gas operations. This work includes developing methods to estimate the likelihood of earthquakes induced by oil and gas operations and field studies of seismicity in the Raton Basin (southern Colorado and northern New Mexico) and the Mississippi Lime Play (southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma). Dr. Rubinstein has worked on many topics related to earthquakes including: earthquake forecasting, controls on earthquake ground shaking, and causes of damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake near Los Angeles. Rubinstein received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Master’s and Doctorate from Stanford University.
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$2 Days at OMSI
$2 Days at OMSI
Explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.
Science Pub Corvallis: Marijuana as Medicine
With Jane Ishmael, Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University
Marijuana dispensaries have enabled people to use the federally controlled substance to treat pain, nausea and other illness symptoms. But what do scientists actually know about how marijuana behaves in the body? How is it metabolized? How does it interact with cellular pathways involved in pain perception, appetite and the immune system? Is it biochemically related to other compounds produced in the body?
Jane Ishmael is an associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and a member of a task force authorized in 2015 by the State Legislature to study the medical and public health properties of cannabis. At the June 6 Corvallis Science Pub, she will discuss what scientists know about the effects of marijuana on the body and how it interacts with cells and systems.
In her own research, Ishmael studies the potential for natural products to treat cancers, such as glioblastoma, a difficult-to-treat form of brain cancer. She and others in her lab work with organisms identified from around the world (Indonesia, Panama, the Red Sea and South Africa) by Oregon State scientists.
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public.
Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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OMSI Band (Ages 0-6)
Included in General Admission | Please join us in the front of the hall to clap, sing, and dance to all your favorite tunes. The OMSI Band plays at 10:30AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
For ages 0-6