Algae: Creating Energy from Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Algae: Creating Energy from Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Meg Hartley The use of algae to create fuel is nothing new; after all, crude oil was once an algal bloom back when the earth was comprised of 18% carbon dioxide and algae was prolific. Millions of years of tremendous pressure and high temperatures under the earth’s […]

“Incredible” Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber

Scientific Gold Photograph courtesy Science/AAAS Preserved for 70 to 85 million years, these feathers are part of a newly revealed trove of likely dinosaur and bird plumage found trapped in amber in Alberta, Canada. The unusual find suggests a wide array of plumed creatures populated the time period—sporting everything from seemingly modern feathers to their […]

New Dinosaur Discovered: T. Rex Cousin Had Feathers

John Roach for National Geographic News October 6, 2004 A tiny, earlier cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex sported at least a partial coat of hairlike feathers, scientists reported today. The dinosaur chased prey and roamed the lakeside forests of Liaoning Province in northern China some 130 million years ago, researchers said. Although predicted by several paleontologists, […]

Measuring Your Plastic Footprint

This article was printed at August 15, 2011, 7:04 am Measuring Your Plastic Footprint By BETTINA WASSENER Bettina WassenerPlastic detritus on a beach in Hong Kong. With climate change and carbon dioxide emissions dominating the environmental conversation much of the time, the issue of plastic pollution tends to get short shrift. Still, the problem […]

Space Blobs are filled with Galaxies!

This article was published in National Geographic News. They have both a daily news section and a magazine available online, and they rule.  You should really check them out.  The space-blob research is detailed in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. Like fireflies in a mason jar, galaxies inside a huge cloud of gas […]

Mushroom Identification Walk October 14th

  Mushroom Identification Walk and Camping Trip. Join the Experiment on a guided mushroom walk and identification trip! Come out with a wild mushroom buyer and learn to identify some wild mushrooms and collect some chanterelles. T Pre-registration will allow us to keep you informed of details and developments as the day draws closer.  To […]

How to Make Worm Compost

by Stephanie Hudson Worm Compost: Its easy! The worms are kept in a bin with shredded paper or other biodegradable bedding. You feed them food waste. They digest the waste and bedding then excrete nutrient-rich castings. After a few months, the castings combined with the well-decomposed bedding, become something called vermicompost which is one of […]

Free OMSI Star Parties

OMSI Star Parties 2011   March 12 – Vernal Equinox Celebration April 9 – Saturn Splendor May 7 – National Astronomy Day June 18 – Summer Solstice Celebration July 9 – Lunar Viewing August 12 – Perseid Meteor Shower Watch September 17 – Autumnal Equinox Celebration   Please note, schedule is subject to change.   OMSI […]

The Sun!

Why Do We Study the Sun? We look at the sun rising every day. It’s bright, it’s big and it warms us up. Our sun happens to be the brightest object in our universe and naturally we are really curious to know more about it. Our sun gives us light, heat and energy. It may […]

The Importance of Earthworms in Soil

The importance of earthworms in soil: by Stephanie Hudson There are billions of creepy crawlers on planet Earth that populate the air, dry land and the damp underground; all of these creatures contribute an enormous amount of work to our earth and environment. Bees pollinate the beautiful flowers; the dung beetle is the janitor of […]