OMSI After Dark: Burn, Baby, Burn: OMSI Gets Fired Up

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OMSI After Dark: Burn, Baby, Burn: OMSI Gets Fired Up

Don’t try this at home! Fireworks, fire tornadoes, fire in ice, burning magnesium, multicolored fire! Fire-quenching geysers, tsunamis, and bubble showers. Learn more!

OMSI After Dark: Beans of the Gods: Coffee and Cacao

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OMSI After Dark: Beans of the Gods: Coffee and Cacao

Immerse yourself in the history, health benefits, and preparation of these brewed and bittersweet shortcuts to Nirvana. Get the scoop on caffeine and its effects, and sample delicious tastes from over a dozen vendors!

Under My Thumb

At the January OMSI After Dark, more than 40 people gave us their thumbprints (and their bacteria) to help grow a bacterial lawn. A bacterial lawn describes the appearance of bacterial colonies when all the individual colonies on a petri-dish merge together to form a field or mat of bacteria. What we hope to see is a patchwork of the different types of bacteria and fungi.
Here is a picture of ours in a large dish.

Join us for National Engineering Week!

The Foundation’s signature program, Engineers Week, celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus. During this week, OMSI will be featuring an engineering themed demo per day in the Vernier Technology Lab:

  • Jitterbugs
  • Wire Towers
  • Computer Guts
  • Snap Circuits
  • Scanning Electron Microscope 

Rock on at the Agate & Mineral Show this weekend!

This weekend marks the 61st year of the Agate & Mineral Show at OMSI. Presented by the Oregon Agate & Mineral Society (OAMS) visitors can enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Special features include:

The Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem.  

Sizzlin’ Satellites!

Welcome to ISMO’s Corner, a place where staff in all areas of the museum will share everything from new science discoveries to volunteer profiles. ISMO is OMSI’s first and only mascot, and while he’s been out of the public eye for many years, we decided it was time for a comeback. Though he has a distinctly 1950s feel, he represents the spirit of community and discovery that has always made us who we are. 

For those who don’t know about our own little green spaceman, here’s an ISMO history from OMSI curator Lori Erickson …

Welcome to the new!

Welcome to our newly redesigned website! This project is one of the first steps in making our digital platforms fun, interactive and exciting.

Ask a Scientist - February 2012

Have a science related question? Ask away! We'll track down an answer from one of our OMSI scientists and each month post the answers. 

Q: What is the scientific reason behind what happens when you put a cup of water in window sill and the water disappears? - Janet

A: Water evaporates over time - the water molecules change from a liquid into a gas. The water becomes part of the air you breathe. And it might condense onto the window on a cold day, turning back from a gas into a liquid!


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